But when the came in, Bradley had lost. And her response: "We only have it broken down in two — the youngest two used in the general poll, so and But those show no statistically ificant difference by age. All Streams. But maybe what's off are our assumptions about what black women and men really want.
Donate Now. We use the term without taking a stand, one way or another. Maybe the truth really is that lots of black men really do want to get boo'ed up while lots of black women are ambivalent. A few years ago, there seemed to be a geyser of stories about the problems black women had in finding partners — stories that often seemed based on a flimsy, threadbare premise.
But the poll's respondents saw this question much more clearly. Your donation today keeps local journalism strong. Our findings about the dating lives of single folks — that is, respondentswidowed, divorced, or never married — have sparked the most conversation so far. So I turned to Harvard's Kathleen Weldon for clarity. This is the theory we heard most often. A lot of people wondered just what was going on, because the prevailing story is that black women cannot find black men who are interested in a relationship. Search Query Show Search.
Women in general are more likely to get degrees, but it's even more pronounced among black folks: two-thirds of all bachelor's degrees awarded to African-Americans in went to women.
Let's consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the poll are spot-on accurate. Belton also wondered if singles answered differently depending on their ages, and wanted a deeper dive.
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn. One theory started to gain traction — white respondents, wary of being labeled racist, gave pollsters the response that they felt was most socially acceptable. Conversely, female respondents might have been erring in the other direction — maybe they weren't trying to come across as desperate, marriage-obsessed, single women.
Even when they feel true. She worked on the poll. A federal study from showed married women reporting to have much less leisure time on a daily basis than do men, doing a whole lot more housework, and doing the lion's share of the child-rearing.
The Financial Stability Theory. Show Search Search Query. And maybe the prevailing conventional wisdom about what black women and black men want is just wrong. Back inTom Bradley, L. Polls had shown him with a pretty sizable lead over his opponent, George Deukmejian.
We asked the people who said they were looking for a long-term relationship if they wanted to be married. Only about four percent of respondents identified themselves as LGBT. See stories by Gene Demby.
We recently found that single black men were much more likely to say they were looking for a long-term relationship 43 percent compared to single black women 25 percent. When we asked Robert Blendon, one of the poll's co-directors, what might explain this gap, he pointed to research that has shown black folks care more about the economic cost-benefit analysis of partnering up. Alas, we don't have s for other racial groups, and no basis for comparison. Almost all of them — 98 percent — said they did.
It's possible that our single women respondents are taking all of this into and finding the prospect of a long-term relationship wanting. So here are some additional ideas about what might explain this discrepancy. Hey, thanks for reading. Danielle Belton, writing at Clutchalso wondered about the choice of words. As our poll makes clear: it's hardly that neat.
Play Live Radio. Maybe people have very different definitions of "long-term relationship. But anecdata often make rickety foundations for grand social explanations, even when those ideas rake in the views and book sales. One newspaper even projected Bradley as the winner during election night. People felt strongly, on a visceral level, that the poll were off. Many commenters wondered if the Bradley Effect was in play here — in other words, respondents were fronting for pollsters to look "good.
So why might that matter? Which brings us to our last theory Occam's Razor. And if we're keeping it one hundred, these sparked some arguments among the Code Switch team. And dudes will avoid commitment at all costs, unless they're dragged kicking and screaming to the altar. But this whole idea of a dating Bradley Effect rests on a notion that no matter what the poll says, men are wary of romantic commitment while women are especially focused on getting into them.
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Which of these theories holds most sway with you? But if we also think about the division of household labor, which in the United States means women bear a larger share of domestic responsibilities, then a long-term relationship might seem unappealing to many women. Are there others we haven't considered?
This idea is everywhere. This seems to be both the most obvious possibility, yet it seems to be the one to which people are most resistant. Assuming that our female respondents are looking for equally educated black men as partners, there may be real worry about the economic prospects of their pool of partners.
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Copyright NPR. Gene Demby. This idea became known as "The Bradley Effect. And the gender skew has elicited straight-out side-eyes.
The "Bradley Effect" Theory. By Gene Demby. Special Series. Blendon said that black women are outpacing black men in college attendance and completion, as well as as the attainment of postgraduate degrees.