Self-identified Republicans are more likely to be married and less likely to be divorced than self-identified Democrats, according to a study using data from the General Social Survey. Republicans also say they are more satisfied with their marriages on average.

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The analysis was conducted by W. Brandford Wilcox, a sociologist who has written previously about the how children in conservative parts of the US tend to grow up with both parents more often than in liberal parts of the country. He argues that the blue-state family model is overrated.

When the study factored in demographic differences between Democrats and Republicans (Republicans are more likely to be white and religious, for example) the gap shrunk but didn't disappear. The margin decreased from a seven-percentage-point gap to a three-percentage-point one.

This doesn't necessarily imply a cause-and-effect relationship between political party and marriage quality. "Perhaps Republicans are more optimistic, more charitable or more inclined to look at their marriages through rose-colored glasses," the study speculates. It's also possible that in conservative communities, stronger sentiments of reverence and respect for the institution of marriage could affect people's behavior and attitudes towards their own marriages. And, we wonder if Democrats are more likely to admit dissatisfaction. We'd also be interested to know the differing rates of adultery and of separation (without legal divorce) between the two parties.

Facts about democrat and republican demographics:

Unmarried adults are more likely to be Democratic than married adults.

In the 2012 election, more people registered as independent voters than as Republicans.

Only 8% of black voters identify as Republican.

36% of Millennials says they support the Republican Party while 55% say they are Democrats.

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