having a boy instead of a girl if they were only able to have one child.
That's according to a new Gallup poll on baby gender preferences.
The telephone poll, conducted in June, included about 1,000 U.S. adults.
They were asked: "Suppose you could only have one child. Would you prefer
that it be a boy or a girl?"
Here are the participants' baby gender preferences:
- Boy: 37%
- Girl: 28%
- Either/doesn't matter: 26%
- Not sure/no opinion: 9%
The "either/doesn't matter" choice wasn't mentioned as an option by
the pollsters. But more than a quarter of the participants expressed that view
Why the Baby Gender Preference?
Participants also heard a list of possible reasons for their baby gender
Among those who favored boys, the top reasons were that men can relate to
boys better than to girls, boys can carry on the family name, and boys are
easier to raise.
Among those who favored girls, the leading explanations were that mothers
can have closer relationships with daughters, they already had one or more
daughters, and that girls are easier to raise than boys.
Men were more likely than women to prefer boys, but women didn't show a
similar preference for girls, according to Gallup.
The Gallup baby gender poll began in 1941 and has been conducted
occasionally over the last 66 years. Throughout that time, participants have
consistently favored boys over girls, given the hypothetical one-child-only
limit, though the strength of that preference has waxed and waned over the
- If you already have a child, will you try again for the otherB gender?
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By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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