Trends in Public Opinion: A Compendium of Survey Data

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14
Family

The American family is undergoing rapid transition, including movement from one major family type--husband, full-time housewife, several children--to a multiplicity of family structures ( Levitan and Belous, 1981; Glick, 1984), greater participation of women in the labor force, even those with young children ( Davis, 1984), and declining fertility rates ( Westoff and Ryder, 1977; Westoff, 1986). Most of these changes have long-term components, extending back to at least the nineteenth century, as well as short-term elements. survey evidence speaks more decisively to the latter, but there is evidence about some relatively long-term changes as well.

Ideal Number of Children
(from Table 14.1)
0-2 3 4-7+ 0-2 3 4-7+
Mar 1941 34 28 38 Mar 1972 44 24 25
Aug 1945 24 28 48 Jan 1973 54 25 22
Jan 1947 30 29 41 Feb 1974 55 25 19
Mar 1952 30 29 40 Mar 1974 48 24 19
May 1953 30 29 41 Mar 1975 52 24 17
Feb 1957 21 37 41 Mar 1976 57 20 16
Dec 1959 19 30 51 Feb 1977 61 25 15
Feb 1962 19 26 49 Mar 1977 52 23 19
May 1963 21 29 49 Mar 1978 54 24 17
Apr 1965 22 33 45 Mar 1982 59 20 17
Jan 1966 23 33 43 Mar 1983 55 24 15
Dec 1967 25 33 43 Mar 1985 60 22 15
Jan 1970 40 24 36 Mar 1986 55 25 16
Jan 1971 44 31 25 Mar 1988 55 26 15

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vii
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Introduction 1
  • References 10
  • 1 - Politics 11
  • References 14
  • 2 - International Affairs 49
  • REPERENCES 51
  • 3 - Taxation and Spending 73
  • References 75
  • 4 - Confidence in Institutions 93
  • References 95
  • 5 - Political Tolerance 107
  • References 109
  • 6 - Crime and Violence 131
  • References 133
  • 7 - Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs 153
  • References 155
  • 8 - Race Relations 167
  • 9 - Sexual and Reproductive Morality 187
  • References 189
  • 10 - Death and Dying 215
  • References 216
  • 11 - Role of Women 223
  • References 224
  • 12 - Work 235
  • References 237
  • 13 - Religion 251
  • References 252
  • 14 - Family 265
  • 15 - Psychological Well-Being/Group Membership 287
  • References 288
  • Index of GSS Mnemonics 317
  • Index 321
  • About the Authors 327
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