At the recent GOP debate in South Carolina, Rick Santorum was asked about his strategy for reducing poverty, and the Pennsylvanian responded simply: “Work, graduate from high school, and get married before you have children. Those three things, if you do, according to [the Brookings Institution], results in only 2 percent of people who do all those things ending up in poverty, and 77 percent above the national average in income.”
The Family Research Council has conducted research that shows that traditionally married couples are better off than people in any other family structure. Their Dr. Pat Fagan explains that only 5.8 percent of married families were living in poverty in 2009. According to the FRC, “If the government pledged to reduce family breakdown by just one percent, taxpayers would save around $1.1 billion dollars each year. In other words, welfare isn’t the solution. Attention to family welfare is.”
Read more at the FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI).