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Excerpts from a Report Released November 5, 2003


Unmarried America has taken excerpts from a major political study released on November 5, 2003.  We are pleased to share with you some findings of this study which highlight differences in opinions and attitudes of Americans based on their marital status.

This year, in addition to updating our longitudinal measures of political values, the Pew Research Center also has drawn on its rich database of 80,000 interviews conducted over the past three years to analyze recent shifts in the nation’s political alignment. The analysis shows that the electorate that split 50-50 in the last presidential election is now evenly divided in partisan affiliation.

The new portrait of the electorate is based on two surveys of more than 4,000 Americans in the summer and fall of 2003. The Pew Research Center was are able to assess long-term changes in the electorate by drawing on comparable comprehensive surveys that date back to 1987.

The new report shows that in addition to the gender gap, there is also a substantial marital gap in party affiliation. By 36% to 28%, married people are more Republican than Democratic; those who are divorced, widowed, separated, or never married are more Democratic than Republican (36% Democratic, 24% Republican). Married people with children tilt more Republican than those who don’t have children. Among people who are not married or who are separated, those with children are less Republican than those without kids.

Click here to view more detailed findings on marital status and party affiliation, as well as responses to various survey questions based on the marital status of respondents.