Election 2012: How Parents Are Voting
Having kids totally changes the way we view political issues. With the help of NBC News and a group of opinionated moms and dads, we find out exactly how
42% of parents have changed their political views since becoming parents
48% of parents have become more politcially motivated since becoming a parent
Kate Snow: Has anyone changed their views since having kids?
Aliya: It's made my positions stronger. I'm Muslim, and there is a lot of Islamophobia out there. It's OK for me to handle it, but I want to shield my kids from it. I don't want them to have to ask me one day, “Why does this person hate me because I'm Muslim?”
Denene: I've become more firmly rooted in my stances as well. Women's rights have turned into a whole different thing for me now that my oldest daughter is 13. That absolutely carries over into how I feel about my children's right to legislate their bodies.
Jason: My views became less selfish. Before having kids, improving our education system was an abstraction for me. Today I have a vested interest in it because I have two kids who are going to be a product of that system.
6 out of 10 respondents are OK with a single parent being president
Kate Snow: Is there anything that would stop you from voting for a presidential candidate, in terms of their lifestyle choices? If they were divorced, gay, a single parent?
Anna: I'm looking at it from the opposite extreme. I wouldn't vote for someone who wasn't accepting of those different situations because that's what our country is all about.