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Red states, blue states, marriage and divorce rates

The New York Times looks at divorce rates, highest in those areas where many conservative Christians live (Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas) and lowest in the Northeast (Massachusetts), and the possible explanations for these findings.

Pam Belluck writes (excerpt):
“Some people are saying, ‘The Bible Belt is so pro-marriage, but gee, they have the highest divorce rates in the country,’ ” said Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. “And there’s a lot of worry in the red states about the high rate of divorce.”


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One thought on “Red states, blue states, marriage and divorce rates

  1. Addicus Finch

    I don’t think you can correlate any kind of pattern from the data. My state is very conservative overall, but in the large metropolitan population centers tends to be quite liberal.

    As a southerner, my take is that higher divorce rates comes from a higher percentage of rednecks. A redneck divorce is truly a spectacle.

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