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“This study asks whether bi­o­log­i­cal daugh­ters af­fect po­lit­i­cal party iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, tra­di­tional views of women, or opin­ions about abor­tion and teen sex. We find that fe­male off­spring pro­mote iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with the more con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can Party, but this ef­fect de­pends on so­cial sta­tus. There is no ev­i­dence that daugh­ters pro­mote lib­eral views of women and less con­sis­tent ev­i­dence that they in­flu­ence views of abor­tion or teen sex,” state Dal­ton Con­ley and Emily Rausche, a pair of Univer­sity of Kansas so­ci­ol­o­gists.

Their new find­ings pub­lished in the So­ci­o­log­i­cal Fo­rum sug­gest that par­ents with daugh­ters are more likely to be Repub­li­cans. The re­search dis­putes pre­vi­ous stud­ies that found par­ents of daugh­ters tended to be Democrats.

“Their find­ings are con­sis­tent with a re­cent study that found boys who grew up with sis­ters in the house were more likely to iden­tify as adults with the Repub­li­can Party,” says Rich Morin, an an­a­lyst with the Pew Re­search Center who pored over the com­plex re­search.

“But why would hav­ing a daugh­ter cause par­ents to be­come more Repub­li­can? The au­thors spec­u­late that men and women might want more so­cially con­ser­va­tive poli­cies when they have daugh­ters and thus be more at­tracted to the GOP,” Mr. Morin con­cludes. Gun ad­vo­cates asked the Supreme Court on Mon­day to limit the reach of Congress to reg­u­late guns.


Hol­ly­wood, the friendly place: DreamWorks CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg hosts Pres­i­dent Obama dur­ing the last of seven Demo­cratic fundrais­ers on Tues­day. Proof? A fundraiser hosted by Mr. Katzen­berg last year brought in $15 mil­lion.

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