Just 19% of Biden Supporters Say Marriage and Childbearing Should Be a Societal Priority

A new survey has revealed that widening cultural polarization between Republican and Democratic voters is becoming increasingly evident as the November election approaches. On key hot-button issues regarding marriage and family, abortion, gun ownership, race, immigration, and biological sex, Biden and Trump supporters are displaying widely divergent worldviews.

The poll results, released last week by the Pew Research Center, surveyed over 8,000 adults (including over 7,000 registered voters) in early April. The survey “examines the political values of the Biden and Trump coalitions that underlie policy attitudes in many of these areas,” wrote Pew.

For electoral analysts like Family Research Council Action Director Matt Carpenter, one statistic on the views that supporters of the Democratic president have on marriage and family particularly stands out.

“If you want to understand why Americans are so divided, look no further than how partisanship affects views on family formation and childbearing,” Carpenter told The Washington Stand. “Just 19% of Biden voters say society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority, compared to 59% of Trump voters. If Americans are so divided on something as basic as forming families and having children, then it stands to reason there is not much else that would bring us together.”

The Left’s continued unrelenting support for abortion on demand likely plays into its apathy toward children. Pew reported that “88% of Biden supporters say abortion should be legal in all or most cases,” compared to 38% of Trump supporters who say the same.

Other cultural issues that exhibited the starkest divide included the Second Amendment, with 23% of Biden supporters agreeing with the statement, “Gun ownership does more to increase safety by allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves,” compared to 86% of Trump supporters.

Race also proved to be a divisive issue, with 27% of Trump supporters agreeing with the statement, “The legacy of slavery affects the position of Black people in American society today a great deal/fair amount,” compared to 79% of Biden supporters.

Pew’s findings regarding the debate over Biden’s open border policies, which has consistently proven to be among the most concerning issues for voters, also showed a significant chasm between conservatives and liberals. In response to a statement that is almost certainly a veiled reference to the border debate (“America’s openness to people from all over the world is essential to who we are as a nation”), 36% of Trump supporters agreed, compared to 87% of Biden supporters.

The debate over transgenderism also proved to be particularly polarizing, with only 9% of Trump supporters agreeing with the biasly-worded pro-transgender statement, “Someone can be a man or a woman even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth,” compared to 59% of Biden supporters. However, Pew went on to note that the overall American trend toward supporting the idea that biological sex can be changed appears to be reversing. “[A] growing share of voters (65%) say that whether a person is a man or woman is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth,” the report stated.

Another area that Americans appear to be broadly at odds over is the proper response to rising crime and lawlessness, with 40% of Biden supporters agreeing with the statement, “The criminal justice system in this country is generally not tough enough on criminals,” compared to 81% of Trump supporters.

But what most concerned Carpenter about Pew’s survey was the fact that only one in five Democrats appear to acknowledge that marriage and childbearing are the foundation for a society’s future.

“The progressive Left would be wise to try to turn their apathy around on family and kids — those two things are essential for the future of any community, nation, or civilization,” he emphasized. “If they want to keep arguing with conservatives on things like immigration, the economy, the Second Amendment, etc. in the future, they would do well to make sure there are some of them around in the future for that debate.”


Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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