Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Policies out of Touch: Poll Society Must Face 'A Seismic Shift' in Family Structure

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Policies out of Touch: Poll Society Must Face 'A Seismic Shift' in Family Structure

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WASHINGTON -- Are government policies and business practices out of touch with the changing state of American families? A new survey, which is part of a broader examination of the role of women in society, shows that many Americans believe the answer to that question is yes.

The survey was commissioned for the Shriver Report, the third study spearheaded by former NBC News reporter Maria Shriver, in collaboration with the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

The report, which will be unveiled with a series of appearances and events beginning Sunday, notes that there has been "a seismic shift" in the structure of American families, including the rise of single-parent households and that the majority of children born to women under 30 have unmarried mothers.

At the same time, the report argues that government and business have been slow to recognize the changes and adopt policies that recognize these new realities. The report asserts that this has been particularly hard on women, who carry burdens of being both breadwinners and principal caregivers to children, particularly those living on the financial brink.

What the accompanying national survey of 3,500 adults shows is that more Americans think government and business should adapt to the changing reality of American families as compared with those who say government should do what it can to promote traditional marriage and two-parent households.

The survey looked at attitudes of all Americans and particularly "women on the brink," which the authors say account for 1 in 3 women in America, probing issues of financial well-being, government policy and personal decisions that have affected individuals' lives. The polling was done by the Democratic firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and the Republican firm TargetPoint Consulting. …

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