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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mawwiage, That Dweam Wifin A Dweam

I found these Gallup poll results interesting only because I'm now entering a different statistical grouping:

Women (35%) are more likely than men (24%) to say they have divorced at some point in their lifetimes. There are slightly more women than men in the adult population, but this does not, in and of itself, help explain why women would be more likely to have been divorced. The gender difference could mean a greater prevalence of multiple divorces among men, or the fact that women tend to live longer than men and therefore have more time in which to get divorced. (The poll did not ask people for the number of times they have been divorced.)
Among younger Americans (18- to 49-years-old), women are twice as likely as men to report being divorced (31% vs. 15%, respectively).
College graduates are less likely than those without a college degree to report having been divorced in their lifetimes. Nearly one in four college graduates (24%) say they have been divorced, while more than one-third of those who have not finished college say they've been divorced, an increase of 12 percentage points.

Wow, I'm part of a small minority in pretty much every demographic I belong to!  Well, I've always gone my own way...

It has been strange since I still am legally married at the moment but obviously not in any real, meaningful sense.  A sort of limbo.  Yet I continue to tell stories in class that involve my S2BX in the present tense--hard habit to break, even if my ring finger is now naked.  I did just recently mark "divorced/separated" on a Zogby poll, however, which felt very weird.

Here's the funniest thing that caught my eye in the data:

Despite the fact that conservatives and Republicans are more closely aligned with the "sanctity of marriage" positions, the divorce incidence among both of these groups is basically the same as those with other political orientations.

Conservatives: 31%.  Moderates: 28%.  Liberals: 28%.  Republicans: 31%.  Independents: 26%.  Liberals: 32%.

I say we blame the queers!


April 6, 2006 | Permalink


Who speaks for the never-married crowd, one of that tribe asks plaintively?

Posted by: Linkmeister | Apr 6, 2006 3:09:17 PM

I was divorced 24 years ago after 5 months of marriage, but still dutifully I check the "divorced" box. I generally feel that I'd rather pick the "single" box, surely it has worn off by now? Too bad I didn't think of that in advance.

Posted by: muddy | Apr 6, 2006 3:15:24 PM

I'm working on my second divorce now, so I'll be one divorced man accounting for *two* divorced women. So far. Just trying to mix it up a bit.

Posted by: Drano | Apr 6, 2006 4:49:30 PM

Oh, sure, NTodd. First you spurn my advances, and then you try to blame me for the breakup of your marriage. What a typical heterosexual.

< /snark>

Posted by: Michael | Apr 6, 2006 5:44:22 PM

Link - I think you speak for your 'ilk'.

muddy - there's gotta be a statute of limitations.

Drano - you're skewing the results!

Michael - sweetie, *you're* the queer I blame! What with all the advances and all... ;-P

Posted by: NTodd | Apr 6, 2006 6:08:02 PM

ok. I know I'm bad at math - but I don't get this poll. Who are the extra 15 percent of women divorcing? Or have the men re-married?

Posted by: geoduck2 | Apr 6, 2006 7:16:33 PM

Caro NTodd, you haven't seen nuthin' yet. I have not yet begun to make advances! ;-9

Posted by: Michael | Apr 6, 2006 7:56:06 PM

You need to balance that with Ted's 91% figure. Who's to say?

Posted by: Jay C. | Apr 6, 2006 8:01:52 PM

I haven't done the stats but my first pass guess would be 1/4 of the people account for 2/3 of the divorces.

Posted by: George Johnston | Apr 7, 2006 6:58:38 PM

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