CBS News poll: Today's family


Has the American family gotten weaker? Most Americans seem to think so.

According to the latest CBS News "Sunday Morning" Pulse Poll, 64 percent -- nearly two-thirds -- think the American family now is weaker than it was when they were a child. Just 13 percent think the American family is stronger now, while 19 percent don't think there has been much difference.

This sentiment cuts across all age groups: majorities in all age groups think the American family is now weaker. Interestingly, the age group that feels the most strongly about this is between the ages of 55 and 64, the so-called "Baby Boomer Generation" that is often associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional family values.

More than three-quarters of boomers (78 percent) think the American family is weaker now than it was when they were children -- a higher percentage than any other age group. Only seven percent of boomers think the American family is stronger today; 12 percent say there is not much difference.

Politically, Republicans (at 76 percent) are more likely than either Democrats (61 percent) or Independents (61 percent) to say the American family is weaker today than it was when they were children.

CBS News poll: April 2014 - The American Family (pdf)

This poll was conducted by telephone from April 16-20, 2014 among 1,017 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa. 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. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.