Pulse: Are fathers becoming more involved with their kids?

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(CBS News) Americans are divided as to whether fathers today are more involved or less involved in raising their kids than they were 20 years ago. While 40 percent say they are more involved, 35 percent say they are less involved, according to a CBS News poll. Another 19 percent think there hasn't been much change.

Compared to 20 Years Ago, Fathers are . . .
More involved in raising their kids   40%
Less involved in raising their kids   35%
About the same   19%

Women are more likely to think fathers are more involved today in raising their kids than 20 years ago, while men are more divided. There is a big generational divide -- while Americans 30 and older tend to think fathers are more involved, those under 30 disagree.

Compared to 20 Years Ago, Fathers are . . .

Respondents 18-29 years old:
More involved in raising their kids   28%
Less involved in raising their kids   42%
About the same   18%

Respondents 30+:
More involved in raising their kids   43%
Less involved in raising their kids   33%
About the same   19%

Women overall are more likely than men to think dads are more involved today, but men and women still raising children see things a little differently. Forty-five percent of men with children under 18 think dads are more involved now, compared to 34 percent of men overall.

And while moms are nearly as likely to say dads are more involved today (43 percent), 41 percent say that they are less involved.

Wealthier and better educated Americans are more likely to think fathers are more involved now than their poorer and less educated counterparts, and Americans who live in cities are more likely than those in rural areas.

Complete poll details: Fathers today (06/16/13 CBS News poll)

This poll was conducted by telephone from May 15-19, 2013 among 1,186 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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