The Pew survey, conducted in association with Time magazine, shows a shifting definition of marriage and increasing acceptance of cohabitation beyond traditional boundaries of matrimony.
Since 1990, cohabitation has nearly doubled, according to the Census Bureau, and the Pew survey showed that 44 percent of adults have lived with an unmarried partner at some point during their lives.
While Americans are more inclusive in their definition of family, almost seven in 10 say single women having children is bad for the society and 61 percent think children need both parents “to grow up happily.”
People who regularly attend religious services were less likely than other Americans to accept new forms of family. When asked if “new family arrangements are a bad thing” 45 percent of churchgoers agreed, compared to 15 percent of those who either rarely or never attend church.
The results were based on phone interviews with 2,691 adults, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.