Americans Would Rather Have Sons Than Daughters, Says New Poll

Family Matters on 06.24.11


As prenatal gender selection techniques become more and more reliable -- giving an increasing number of couples the chance to choose whether they'd like to have a son or daughter -- preferences are changing, too: A new Gallup poll of more than 1,000 adults found that 49 percent of men and 31 percent of women would prefer to have a son than a daughter, reports CNN

Only 22 percent of men and 33 percent of women said they would prefer a girl, and the remaining participants said they either weren't sure which they preferred or had no preference. 

The poll also found that the preference for a boy declines in older age groups: 54 percent of adults under 30 said they'd prefer a boy while 27 percent of that age group preferred a girl; among adults 65 and older there was only a 2 percent difference (though girls still ranked lower). 

Gallup points out that, of the ten times it's polled Americans on this topic in the last 70 years, this year's numbers are most similar to the original 1941 results, when boys were preferred by 38 percent of the respondents and girls by 24 percent. The group also references as Philadelphia Inquier piece about a preference for boys that is "beginning to tilt the gender balance worldwide."

So how does this factor in to gender selection ability? Says Gallup:


The data from the U.S. suggest that if it were up to mothers to decide the gender of their children, there would be no tilt toward boys. Potential fathers have a clear preference for boys if given a choice, but the precise amount of input males may have into a deliberate gender-selection process is unknown.


Were you hoping to have a boy instead of a girl during your pregnancy? Why or why not?


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