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31st-Oct-2005 12:07 pm
I've been examining some interesting data lately, which identify some amazing trends concerning the reality about who gets divorced in America.

The 10 states with the lowest divorce rates all voted Democratic in 2004:
(Divorces per 1,000 state residents)

Massachusetts - 2.8
New Jersey - 3
Connecticut - 3.2
New York - 3.2
Pennsylvania - 3.3
Maryland - 3.4
Minnesota - 3.5
Wisconsin - 3.6
Rhode Island - 3.7
Illinois - 3.8

for an average of 3.35 divorces per 1,000 residents

While the 10 states with the highest divorce rates all voted Republican:
(Divorces per 1,000 state residents)

Nevada - 11.4
Oklahoma - 7.7
Arizona - 6.9
Arkansas - 6.9
Wyoming - 6.6
Idaho - 6.5
Tennessee - 6.5
Florida - 6.3
North Dakota - 6.3
Alabama - 6.1

For an average of 7.12 divorces per 1,000 residents
Interesting ... the average divorce rate is twice as high in the Republican States as in the Democratic ones. So much for the theory of Liberals not valuing marriage.

Now, for divorce rates among religious denominations (percentage of those divorced persons sampled identifying as belonging to one of the following groups)...
{sample size = 17,152, all 48 states, random geographical distribution}

Atheists / Agnostics - 19%
Lutherans - 21%
Catholics - 21%
Mormons - 24%
Episcopalians - 25%
Baptists - 29%
Non Denominational Evangelical ("Born Again" Christians) - 32%

Again, it seems those screaming the loudest about "preserving marriage" seem to be performing the worst at actually DOING it ... Typical religious hypocrisy at its finest ...

And another interesting statistic can be seen in teen birth rates:

Lowest teen birth rate: Massachusetts, at 7.4%
Highest teen birth rate: Texas, at 16.1%

I think maybe Bill D'Antonio says it best:
For all the Bible Belt's talk about family values, it is the people from Kerry's home state, along with their neighbors in the Northeast corridor, who live these values. Indeed, it is the "blue" states, led led by Massachusetts and Connecticut, that have been willing to invest more money over time to foster the reality of what it means to leave no children behind. And they have been among the nation's leaders in promoting a living wage as their goal in public employment. The money they have invested in their future is known more popularly as taxes; these so-called liberal people see that money is their investment to help insure a compassionate, humane society. Family values are much more likely to be found in the states mistakenly called out-of-the-mainstream liberal. By their behavior you can know them as the true conservatives. They are showing how to conserve family life through the way they live their family values.
Indeed. I fully advocate the copying and pasting of this info to your own LJ and/or for emailing the conservatives in your life.

Sources to consult:

To copy the code and repost in your own journal
1. Right-click inside the text box below
2. Choose 'Select All'
3. Right-click again and choose 'Copy'
4. Paste into your own journal

31st-Oct-2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
Of course, these are all grotesque distortions by "liberal" statisticians who are in the pay of secular humanists, right?
31st-Oct-2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
31st-Oct-2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Go Massachusettes !
Have I told you lately that we want you to be our daddy
erm...our baby daddy ! ?

Your post always bring something good to my world , Thank you Jude !
31st-Oct-2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm reserving my baby daddy stuffs for a later date, but I thank you and am flattered all the same.

You're welcome, my sweet Fela.
31st-Oct-2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yes , I thought and hoped as much ...
you will be an amazing dad !

A big lesbo gal can dream tho...: )
31st-Oct-2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
for a nice little rant on this subject (and a few others), go to fuckthesouth.com. ;)
31st-Oct-2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
I am definitely sharing this....THANKS!!
31st-Oct-2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, is there a formula for figuring out how many years gay relationships equal out to in straight years? I was hoping it would be sorta like dog years. My partner and I have been holding steady at 7 years so far, and we think that is some sort of Mississippi record for gay couples. I think it equals out to about, I don't know, 30 straight years?
31st-Oct-2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
As a liberal, I would dearly love to believe this. As a journalist, though, I wonder at the spread of actual married people in each of the states mentioned. Are there more married people in the red states, for example (or at least higher percentages, which is more important, anyway)? Do divorce rates tend to be higher/lower in urban areas versus rural areas? (As we know, the "red" states are rural-population-dominant, even if it's just enough to outnumber the city dwellers.)

You'll have to forgive me. I've been researching wheat production nationally for the past 3 months for a writing project and I'm sick of numbers and stats, but I can't get rid of them, aaiiieeeEEEEEEEE ....!!
31st-Oct-2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
I use to go to church all a lot.... and I always heard "If you don't have God in your marriage, you'll probably end up divorced."
31st-Oct-2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
I keep trying to track down the statistics that they linked to ins ome of this, and I can't find them =(

Other than that, all I can see is, "I'm from Connecticut!"
1st-Nov-2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
I love seeing stats like that! I know the Reds won't believe any of it, but it's good to get that reminder.
1st-Nov-2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
OH, I suck at life TWICE.
From Arizona AND I'm Mormon.
I seriously didn't think Mormons had a 24% divorce rate- that seems like waaaaaay high, considering I've only ever met four Mormon couples who've been dicorvced. But maybe that's because I live in a bubble.
This bubble is called Utah.
2nd-Nov-2005 05:49 am (UTC)
i, too, would love to believe this, but i want to know what the average age is for people in every state, i want to know what their religion is, i want to know the rural vs ciy ratio is... i don't think it's complete.

i think it's telling, for sure, but it needs to tighten it's reigns a bit.
27th-Jun-2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
I feel this is a good use of statistics, but could we have marriage rates put up along with those divorce rates, so we can see what percentage of marriages end in divorce in each of these areas? Right now you're also supporting the concept that Republicans tend to marry more.

(For the record, I came here via a gay friend linking to your 2006 Gospel, and am staying at least for a while.)
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