The Liberal Baby Bust
Posted on Mar 15, 2006
A population expert, writing in USA Today, highlights a little-known demographic trend: Progressives are much less likely to have children than conservatives.
This “augers a far more conservative future,” he writes, “one in which patriarchy and other traditional values make a comeback, if only by default.”
What’s the difference between Seattle and Salt Lake City? There are many differences, of course, but here’s one you might not know. In Seattle, there are nearly 45% more dogs than children. In Salt Lake City, there are nearly 19% more kids than dogs.
This curious fact might at first seem trivial, but it reflects a much broader and little-noticed demographic trend that has deep implications for the future of global culture and politics. It’s not that people in a progressive city such as Seattle are so much fonder of dogs than are people in a conservative city such as Salt Lake City. It’s that progressives are so much less likely to have children.