The Shocking Dichotomy Between Conservatives and Liberals Regarding Marriage

The Shocking Dichotomy Between Conservatives and Liberals Regarding Marriage

80% of Conservatives Say Marriage Is Needed to Create Strong Families—And the Evidence Proves It

October 28, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A new study by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) finds there is a shocking difference when it comes to marriage between conservatives versus liberals.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President Dr. Richard Land addressed the survey on two recent installments of his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” heard on nearly 800 stations nationwide.

“This study found a yawning gap between self-identifying conservatives and self-identified liberals when it comes to marriage,” Land noted. “In fact, 62% of conservatives are married, compared with 39% of liberals and 46% of moderates. And according to the study’s authors, conservatives are far more likely to be married even when you control for relevant factors like age. An article by Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle pointed this out. For example, in the last presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried single women by 31 points over Donald Trump. She carried married women by just 2 points, and Donald Trump actually carried married women with children by a slight margin.

“What the IFS study shows is that conservatives value marriage more than moderates,” Land continued. “Indeed, the study found that conservatives—80% of them—say marriage is needed to create strong families. Among liberals, that figure is only 33%, and conservatives are much more likely to say that they are satisfied with their own family life, 52%, compared with liberals and moderates who say 41% are satisfied with their family lives.”

Land added that studies have repeatedly confirmed that married people live longer, are happier and have more prosperous lives. This is especially clear when it comes to children.

“No government subsidy program can substitute for the benefits of having two adults, not just one, focus their attention and resources on a child’s needs,” Land said. “Conservatives are right that marriage is important, and when society loses that perspective, it’s very dangerous for the citizens. Marriage is and always has been incredibly important to both individual and societal health. When a society rejects that truth or ignores it, it has serious negative consequences for that society, especially for its children. The greatest single advantage a child can have in America today is to be raised in an intact, two-parent family with a mom and a dad who care for and nurture that child. Such children are much more likely to finish high school, not get involved with drugs, not have a child out of wedlock, not be physically or sexually abused, finish college, get married and stay married than children who are not raised in such a nurturing environment.

“When 40% of our children are born out of wedlock and half of our children have lost their father in the home by the age of 6, isn’t it time to revalue marriage—God’s institution for human health and flourishing?”

Headlines like these link directly into SES’s curriculum as students delve into Christian apologetics, how it applies to practical daily life, and how to rationally, intelligently and lovingly defend the historic Christian faith. For example, students also debate news and commentary through its “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, SES’s PPE program introduces students to a Christian perspective of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards and others.

In the creation of SES’s PPE program, the realization was made that virtually all cultural issues will have the potential to relate to the studies in the concentration, according to Land and other architects of the program. Nearly every issue that creates discussion and debate in our society is connected to what SES teaches through PPE. Encouraging and training more Christians about these issues is why the PPE program exists at SES.

SES is coming off its successful 26th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, which welcomed 1,800 attendees from around the country and more than 45 expert speakers.

For 27 years, SES has equipped students and ministry leaders to share the Gospel from an intelligent, informed and rational biblical worldview. Courses, conferences, seminars, guest speakers and more seek to accomplish this longstanding mission. Central to this purpose is the provision of a biblical basis and an academic understanding of believers’ commitment to Christ. Therefore, SES seeks to provide an educational opportunity where the Christian worldview is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living.

Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here.

For more information on SES, visit its web site at or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.


For information on SES or to set up an interview, contact, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or ext. 102.