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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

What America Thinks: Is the Nuclear Family In or Out?

The first-ever “three-parent baby” was just born last week, and while we don’t know how much Americans will embrace three-parent families, we do know they’re pretty keen on two-parent ones. Just how important is the nuclear family to Americans these days? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Ninety-two percent (92%) of American Adults still believe it is important for children to grow up in a home with both parents, with 70% who consider it Very Important. This is even higher than previous surveys, proving that the nuclear family model is still as strong as ever in Americans’ minds. Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe children who grow up in a home with both of their parents have an advantage over children from a single-parent home.

Nearly three-quarters of voters also still believe it’s important for someone to be married before they have children. Seventy percent (70%) say being a father is the most important role for a man to fill in today’s world. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say the same of women and motherhood.

At the end of the day, most Americans still prefer smaller families over larger ones: 42% feel two is the ideal number of children for a family to have.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.