Poll: 41% Say Families of 3 or More Children is Ideal, Up From 34% in 2011

By Natalia Mittelstadt | July 13, 2018 | 12:46 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) -- According to a recent Gallup poll, 41% of American adults say that having three or more children is ideal, which is up from 34% in 2011.  Broken down by party, 45% of Republicans believe that a family of three or more children is ideal, compared to 37% of Democrats and 42% of Independents.

In the survey, Gallup asked, “What do you think is the ideal number of children for a family to have?”

Forty-one percent said “three or more children is ideal.” That is up from 34% in 2011 and 32% in 1980.  However, it is far lower than in 1945, when 77% of Americans said the ideal family had three or more children.

The poll further showed that today 50% of Americans believe that “one or two children is best” while only 1% say that zero children is best.

Broken down by gender, 43% of men think that a family with “three or more children is ideal” and 38% of women say the same. Also, 45% of Republicans agree but only 37% of Democrats.

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In addition, 46% of Americans with no college say three or more kids is ideal, but only 36% of college grads agree.

When it comes to trends, Gallup found that the percentage of Americans who believe a family with “four or more children is ideal” has increased from 9% in 2007 to 15% in 2018.

Commenting on its findings, the survey group said, “Gallup documented a particularly abrupt change between 1967 and its next measure in 1971, as the percentage favoring large families fell from 70% to 52%. This may have reflected public fears of a global population explosion, as detailed in the bestselling 1968 book ‘The Population Bomb.’ Major societal changes at that time around the role of women may also have been a factor.”

“Preferences for large families continued to wane through the 1970s and 1980s, spanning three U.S. recessions, and reached a low of 28% in 1986,” said Gallup. “It has since fluctuated, but reached a recent high of 42% in 1997 amid a booming economy and a low of 33% in 2011 as the country was still recovering from the 2007 to 2009 recession.”

“The average number of children U.S. adults think is ideal is now 2.7, up slightly from 2.5 in 2007 and 2011,” reported the polling firm.

This survey was conducted July 1-6, 2018, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.


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