Thursday, January 26, 2017

Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others

In the previous post showing the inverse correlation between fertility and pro-abortion views, Jayman asserted the following:
The fertility difference you're seeing is just the standard liberal-conservative fertility divide.
It's a reasonable assumption, and there is of course an effect from political orientation that is distinct--in the sense that we understand these things as being distinct, not necessarily distinct in terms of causation for which our understanding is incomplete at best--from fertility. Liberals with kids are considerably more pro-choice than conservatives with kids are, and liberals without kids are considerably more pro-choice that conservatives without kids are.

But the effect is still quite pronounced even among women who share a political orientation. The following graph shows the percentages of white women who believe abortion should be legal in any circumstance by the number of children they have and by political orientation. For contemporary relevance are responses are from 2000 onward (n = 2,408):


GSS variables used: ABANY, RACECEN1(1), YEAR(2000-2014), POLVIEWS(1-3,5-7), CHILDS, SEX(2)

2 comments:

JayMan said...

Interesting. The effect of number of children is dwarfed by simple political orientation. I wonder if the former effect is even statistically significant.

Jokah Macpherson said...

"I wonder if the former effect is even statistically significant."

It is. Not that it takes much when you have sample sizes over 2,000.