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7% Think Parents Should Be Required to Support Children Over 18

An 18-year old New Jersey high school student who says she was forced to leave home is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition. Her parents claim she left home because she didn’t want to obey their rules. Few Americans believe parents should be required by law to provide financial support for their children after they turn 18, and an overwhelming majority believes parents should be allowed to impose reasonable standards of behavior on children living at home.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) of American Adults believe parents should be required by law to provide financial support for their children after they reach the age of 18. Eighty-three percent (83%) disagree. Ten percent (10%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 9-10, 2014 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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