Poll: 11-point Preference for Boys Over Girls Unchanged Since 1941

By Max Augros | July 12, 2018 | 11:20 AM EDT

A baby boy. (YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) – A recent Gallup poll shows that Americans prefer to have a boy rather than a girl, if they are to have only one child. In addition, this preference has not changed since 1941, nearly 80 years ago, according to the survey firm.

In the survey, Gallup asked, “Suppose you could only have one child. Would you prefer that it be a boy or a girl?”

Thirty-six of the respondents said they prefer a boy and 28% said they prefer a girl.

Back in 1941, according to Gallup, 38% said they preferred a boy; 24% said a girl.

“Gallup has asked this question 11 times since 1941, with an average 11-percentage-point gap in preferences for boys over girls,” said the polling group.

“The 77-year-long tendency for American adults to express overall preferences for a boy over a girl is driven by the marked preference among men for a baby boy and the more closely divided preferences among women,” said the survey group.

Source: Gallup. 

“Men, over the years of Gallup's trend, have preferred a boy over a girl by an average of 25 points, while women have averaged a slight three-point preference for a girl,” they reported.

In conclusion, Gallup said,  “Regardless of what studies of actual childbearing may show, the current Gallup data show that the underlying attitudinal preference for a boy over a girl, although modest, continues to be a norm in U.S. society.

“As the ability to manipulate genes and create "designer babies" with specified characteristics (including sex) becomes more of a reality in the decades ahead, the desire to have children of a certain sex could become more of a direct factor in determining fertility patterns.”

For this survey, Gallup conducted telephone interviews, june 1-13, with a random sample of 1,520 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.

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