21 responses to “That thing about Republican marriages being happier (isn’t true)

  1. Deirdre

    This is why I love Family Inequality. Well done!


  2. Dan

    What is the correlation between party identification and religious attendance?


  3. Angela Atwine

    It is all a fuss , some variables like happiness are difficult to determine


  4. Thatwood B. Telling

    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.)


  5. Lucia

    Maybe all the difference it’s in old couples and you just cut them out censoring at 60!


  6. Lucia

    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)


  7. not too late

    Does the GSS tell what fraction of Dems or Reps are married?


  8. Ben

    What’s the sample size? Error bars please.


  9. 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.


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  14. Publius

    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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