In the span of the past decade, full-time work outside the home has lost some of its appeal to mothers. This trend holds for both those who have such jobs and those who don’t.
Americans believe that births to unwed women are a big problem for society, and they take a mixed view at best of cohabitation without marriage.
A broad consensus holds that it is harder to be a father now than it was 20 or 30 years ago. But seven-in-ten adults say it’s harder to be a mom today than it was in the past, and only 11% see it as easier.
There is broad agreement among the public that it is harder to be a parent today – especially a mother – than it was in the 1970s or 1980s.