The 2016 American Family Survey was designed to understand the “lived experiences of Americans in their relationships and families” and provide “context for understanding Americans’ life choices, economic experiences, attitudes about their own relationships, and evaluations of the relationships they see around them.”
Here are seven figures you should know from this recently released survey:
1. When asked what specific challenges are making family life difficult, one-third (32 percent) said the costs associated with raising a family, one-fourth (27 percent) said high work demands and stress on parents, one-fifth (22 percent) said the lack of good jobs, and one in ten (10 percent) said lack of government programs to support families.
2. Overall, 27 percent said that the cost of raising a child/children is affordable for most people. But the responses varied considerably by political ideology: 39 percent for conservatives, 23 percent for moderates, and only 19 percent for liberals.