In 2010, Naomi Cahn and June Carbone published a book on family life and political culture called “Red Families v. Blue Families” in which they argued that politically conservative families were more likely to embrace outmoded views about sex, gender, and marriage that are ill suited to the new economy and the more egalitarian world that we now live in. By contrast, blue America emphasizes education, delayed parenthood, and gender egalitarianism, all values that are supposed to equip its citizens to build comparatively stronger and more stable families in twenty-first-century America.
BUT … Cahn and Carbone used state-level statistics to support their claim and many blue states have many, many red counties. A new study using county-level statistics flips Cahn and Carbone on their pointy little heads.
W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia studied the 470 largest counties in the United States. They account for about two-thirds of the U.S. population. He found that red counties “have a higher share of their population that is married. This is true with and without controls for region, education, race, and age at the county level (and weighting for population size).” Wilcox attributes this phenomenon to higher levels of religious participation and “normative support” for marriage.