According to a recent report, unmarried women have become the most important leftist demographic. The marriage gap for women (their greater tendency to vote Democratic when unmarried) is now 36 percentage points, and unmarried women have become the biggest part of the Democratic base—more than blacks and Hispanics combined.
All of which makes sense. The left stands for general administrative control of social relations. It therefore appeals to aspiring controllers and their paid advisers and facilitators (government employees, academics, experts, educators, media people, elite lawyers). It also appeals to those who want a secure situation within which they can settle and make a home (women), at least when they have no one but the government to look to as a provider (unmarried women).
All that’s important. The numbers of the unmarried are rising, as the report makes clear, and when added to others who don’t feel they have reliable connections to American society and its traditional institutions (e.g., immigrants) are likely to have ever increasing political influence. The only bright spot in the picture is that unmarried people are less politically active, but the report, prepared by progressives, talks of various ways of changing that.
For one side (the yuppie side) of the Rise of the Unmarried Woman, see Kay Hymowitz’s The New Girl Order. I suppose the consumers’ guide to unmarried professional women we’ve been discussing elsewhere presents a flip side of the yuppie side. And for the non-yuppie side (if that’s not one side too far) Theodore Dalrymple’s accounts of life among British proles provide relevant info. The latter two items suggest that the farther the trend goes the more threatening general social conditions will seem to single women, so the more leftist they’ll become.