Marriage rates have fallen sharply, to their lowest level in 120 years. By 2030, almost half — 45 percent — of women between ages 25 and 44 in the United States will be single, more than any other time in history.
The decline of marriage means single female voters are becoming a significant voting bloc. We've already begun to see the impact of this growing group of voters in our local and national elections.
Single Women Tend to Vote for Left-Wing Candidates
Studies and election results have shown that single women are more likely to vote for Left-wing candidates. In 2012, Romney won the votes of married women, while single women overwhelmingly voted for Obama. In the 2020 election, 57% of female voters went for Biden, as well as 58% of unmarried voters.
Young single women typically support candidates who float policies like mandated pay equity, socialized healthcare, a higher minimum wage, universal pre-K, free college, a Universal Basic Income, more immigration, and access to abortion and birth control. The feminine instinct to be compassionate and to care for others, as well as to be provided for — both qualities that ensure we can properly care for children — seem to manifest in this vision of government.
Single women seem to be channeling their natural desire to be provided for into government policies and programs.
In the past few years, we’ve seen a sharp rise in young female support for Left-wing policies and Socialism, and it’s intricately linked to attitudes that cast patriarchy and its institutions, like marriage, in a negative light. As marriage declines, demands for socialist government rise.
How Single Female Voters Differ from Married Voters
Single women seem to be channeling their natural desire to be provided for — a role historically fulfilled by a husband so that we could have children — into government policies and programs.
But when the fates of men and women are linked through marriage, women don’t demand this security from the state. Married women tend to support candidates who promise to make it easier for their families to be more self-sufficient, like allowing them to retain more of their income by lowering taxes and imposing fewer regulatory burdens on businesses.
Married women tend to support candidates who will help their families to be more self-sufficient.
In marriage, women tend to feel more secure, with a partner to support them both financially and emotionally. Unmarried women are more likely to live in poverty, earn the minimum wage, have higher rates of unemployment, and have fewer savings. It’s no wonder we’re seeing greater calls for the government to fill the gap.
Potential Long-Term Implications of Single Women Voters
The explosion in single women voters is shifting us toward more collectivist policies and candidates. Unmarried women are more interested in their career and personal goals, rather than prioritizing children and husbands. The other undiscussed consequence of single women is, of course, single men. Societies with large proportions of unmarried men tend to experience more violence than those with higher rates of marriage.
Societies with large proportions of unmarried men tend to experience more violence than those with higher rates of marriage.
Whether or not modern women want to admit it, marriage plays a crucial role in how our society functions. When we hold family, not the state, as the central provider of our needs, society functions much better. Marriage allows men to channel their natural instinct to provide toward a woman and children he loves. When we get rid of husbands and fathers and put the government in the provider role, we open the door for the growth of government power.
Marriage holds many benefits and a deep purpose in our lives — spiritually, physically, mentally, and economically — but few think about its political implications. Only time will tell what the future holds for politics in America. But conservatives and liberals alike would be remiss to ignore the writing on the wall about the power of single female voters.