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Just to reinforce my earlier remarks.
Regardless of ideology, there are powerful economic drivers to the geographical trends. I'd bet that wages are generally lower in red states, but the cost of living is also considerably lower (you can buy a house for next to nothing in Topeka). The result is that it is often feasible to run a single-income family. Whereas in Seattle or Boston, you need two incomes just to pay the rent.

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by eurogreen on Fri Jun 5th, 2015 at 02:57:26 AM EST
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Economy is indeed a direct driver. But can this be a theory of "everything"? Texas is not cheap. The liberals could look at cheaper living options as well. Rentiers in Boston, Seattle must be doing great. And what about the proportions of singles?

The article with the map says:

When Lesthaeghe studied the map county by county, he found the link between family size and political leaning became even stronger.
It then acknowledges that (basically) your economic drivers increasingly pressurre the conservatives as well. It makes a guess that the fertility predictive power will last until 2020. A probable dominant factor for liberal optimism is mentioned (birth rates rise amongst women of color).
by das monde on Fri Jun 5th, 2015 at 04:26:24 AM EST
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