21 thoughts on “That thing about Republican marriages being happier (isn’t true)

    1. Or better yet, Phil, let’s just look at marital happiness across the spectrum of religious attendance with the same model as above. What does that show? Is there any difference in one’s likelihood to indicate “very happy” in marriage if one attends religious services more or less frequently? Just curious.


  1. Apart from the criticisms you’ve outlined, isn’t a 3% difference (after the various control factors) within the margin of error for the study, making it statistically meaningless?

    I expect to see slipshod science reporting like this in a Yahoo news story, but I’m disgusted to see it in the Times. (Sadly, though, I can’t really say I’m surprised.)


  2. Ps. I wanted to check for the sake of checking, but it let me download only the 2010. Anyway, no: old couples show pretty much the same pattern. In case anyone else was wondering. (and by old i mean ppl >60)


  3. I would also point out, perhaps obviously, that in a strongly Republican-identified culture that promotes heteronormative marriage as a path to success and personal happiness, self-reporting that you were “very happy” in your marriage would probably be more likely … while those who identify with a culture more comfortable with family diversity might feel able to be less rose-colored lenses about their marriage experience.


    1. Yes, that was my first thought. Systematic bias in response. But the point is–this difference doesn’t even exist! So.


  4. You asked how Wilcox et al. control for income. I guess you cannot do so and that no one can with the GSS? Could it be that strong dem and strong repub are both richer than average? I think you should also include the marriage rates for strong dems and strong repubs. They could be highly assymetric.


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