A study suggested that the more daughters a father has, the more liberal-minded he is. Taken from the study:
Compared with males, females tend to be more in favour of higher taxes to fund provision such as the NHS. Higher taxation also affects them less since they tend to be in a lower income bracket. “As men acquire female children,” said Oswald, “those men gradually shift their political stance and become more sympathetic to the ‘female’ desire for a … larger amount for the public good. They become more leftwing. Similarly, a mother with sons becomes sympathetic to the ‘male’ case for lower taxes and a smaller supply of public goods. Political feelings are much less independently chosen than people realise,” he added. “Children mould their parents. It’s so scientifically attractive because it’s out of the parents’ control – whether they have a boy or a girl.”
The children has a bigger influence on the parents political ideology than we thought. However, it isn’t without it’s critics that you’ll see at the end of the article:
But Arthur Mayne, a biologist who has three sons aged from 18 to 12 years, disagrees. “This is a simplistic scientific that could be accused of gender stereotyping, especially the idea that women are more likely to be softer politically than men,” he said. “While it is true that men biologically determine the sex of their children, recent studies seem to prove that women with higher levels of testosterone – who are more likely to display dominant, positive behaviours – seem to produce more sons than daughters.
“Women with lower levels of testosterone, who are more likely to be empathetic and better listeners, tend to produce more daughters. It could be that the women who are most likely to produce daughters pick a partner who is closer to her more empathetic attitude to life. Hence people who are already more liberal may produce more daughters and those who are already conservative may produce more sons.”
So the reply is which came first: the liberal-minded father and the children who just reinforced his ideals, or the children who made the father shift his political views? Either way, it’s an interesting study.