65% Believe Growing Up Without a Father at Home Places Children at a Significant Disadvantage

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe children who grow up without their father at home are at a significant disadvantage in life. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 30% disagree and 5% are not sure.

Those totals include 28% who Strongly Agree that growing up without a father at home is a disadvantage and 12% who Strongly Disagree.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe those without a father at home are disadvantaged. So do 60% of Democrats and 58% of Independents.

The survey also found 49% believe it is the responsibility of the community to step up and help support a fatherless child. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree.

Forty-two percent (42%) believe it is the responsibility of government to step up and help support such children. Forty-nine percent (49%) disagree.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left nearly a decade ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from January 20-21, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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