Why are U.S. fertility rates declining? What are Americans' ideas and preferences about children, and how do these attitudes relate to overall fertility in the U.S.? Dr. Caroline Sten Hartnett, sociologist and demographer on the faculty at the University of South Carolina, discusses the latest findings and offers her predictions for the future. Later, what percentage of Americans have confidence in the Supreme Court?
Americans would prefer a boy to a girl by a 40% to 28% margin if they could have only one child, with the rest having no preference. These attitudes are similar to what Gallup measured in 1941, when Americans preferred a boy to a girl by a 38% to 24% margin.