I found this interesting today: The President has a huge lead among SINGLE voters:
Obama leads among single voters by 54 percent to 34 percent, while married voters back Romney 51 percent to 38 percent, the poll found.
Obama has a huge advantage with single women, 60 percent to 31 percent, while Romney leads among married women 49 percent to 42 percent. Romney leads by 19 percentage points among married men, and Obama leads by 9 points among single men.
I do not know if this is likely voters or just voters – that might tend to skew the results toward the President. I am not sure single people are monolithic in voting patterns. Singles also do not like to be pandered to as single; but a bit of recognition is good. (I was single until I was 34 so I know a bit about singleness!)
But remember this: Condoleezza Rice is single – never been married in fact! I recall when I ran for delegate, people warned me that my singleness would hurt me. My opponent was in deed married. Today that seems like silly prejudice. The Bible actually commends singleness as a way to be more focused on Christ and His work:
“The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.” (I Cor. 7 34 [KJV])
Why can’t that apply to politics? It could be argued that single people in politics can be focused on the job at hand and be more successful. Another famous single in politics who had a very successful career was former Maryland Governor and Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, who never married. Schaefer could hardly be accused of lack of focus (although he could have avoided some controversy!).
Romney’s selection of Rice would be two firsts: First African-American woman and first single woman for Vice President. (Yes, James Buchanan was President [That sound is one of my readers fainting - he thought I said Pat Buchanan!] from 1857-1861 but that is not relevant to our discussion. Nor is William King, a very early VP [of Franklin Pierce] who was never married. King was rumored to be gay! Finally, Vice President Alben Barkley, a widower, married while in office a woman about half his age (he 71, she 38)!
Single voters: Might be another reason to pick Rice as Vice President…