According to a Pew Research Center study, most Americans say that children with two parents are better off when one of them stays home to tend to the family, but in nearly half of two-parent households in the U.S. today, children are raised by parents who both work full time.
The survey, conducted June 7-July 5 among 4,602 adults on Pew Research Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel, found that 59% of U.S. adults believe that children with two parents are better off when a parent stays home, while about four-in-ten (39%) say children are just as well off when their parents work outside the home.
Of the respondents who think children are better off with a parent at home, roughly 53% say it doesn’t matter which one stays home, while 45% say it’s better if the mother is the parent who isn’t employed outside the home. Just 2% say it’s better if the father is the parent who stays home.
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