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85% Think Parents Are Biggest Factor in A Child’s Success

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Parents, teachers, friends, and many others influence the life of a child, but Americans overwhelmingly believe it’s parents who make the biggest impact. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 85% of American Adults believe that parents play the biggest role in determining the future success and happiness of a child. Five percent (5%) feel friends play the biggest role, while three percent (3%) think siblings do. Two percent (2%) say teachers are the most important, and one percent (1%) think it’s someone else. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 11-12, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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