Larger families tend to have more conservative views on social issues, concluded a new investigation carried out by a scientist from the University of California and another from Stanford University, both in the USA.
To reach this conclusion, Tom Vogl and Jeremy Freese analyzed data from the General Social Survey (GSS), seeking to obtain a correlation between family size and their opinions on social issues, such as same-sex marriage or abortion.
The GSS is a sociological survey that, since 1972, collects and stores data from interviews of American citizens on social issues.
It was from this database that the scientists did the analysis, also removing information on family size and values from this platform.
Vogl and Freese found that the size of the household can significantly influence the political and social views of its members. Specifically, scientists have found that larger families tend to have more conservative views about abortion or same-sex marriage.
As the portal notes Phys, scientists even believe that there is a correlation between the variables – belonging to a large family can really lead people to have more conservative opinions.
Scientists, who published recently the results of their research in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences further suggest that people with more children or siblings reflect a larger family pattern and, therefore, tend to be more religious and less educated.