Gallup: Desire For Children Still High In United States
September 25, 2013 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
PRINCETON, N.J., (UPI) — Americans’ attitudes about having children haven’t changed during the past 23 years, even though the birthrate has dropped, a Gallup poll indicated Thursday.
More than nine in 10 adults say they already have children, are planning to have children or wish they had children, the results indicated.
The 5 percent of U.S. adults who said they don’t want children is just a percentage point higher than the 4 percent expressing the same sentiment in 1990.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta report that the U.S. general fertility rate reached an all-time low in 2011 — 63.2 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The fertility rate dropped 11 percent from 1990, when there were 70.9 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.
Americans say the ideal number of children per family is 2.6, which is on par with what Gallup said it found since the late 1970s.
Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 5,100 adults conducted Aug. 22-31 on the Gallup Daily tracking survey. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.