Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Not enough babies in the blue states

What ever happened to "Make Love Not War"?

As you most likely know, America is an aging population. Turns out that conservatives are having more babies than liberals. Last night on H&C, Dick Morris talked about "single women voters"....so - to those blue state folks, you'd better get busy if you want to take and keep the legislations.

WSJ here:

But the data on young Americans tell a different story. Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result.

According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years this gap has not been below 20%--explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today.