Children without a father in the home are almost always born to a single mother and fated to a childhood in poverty, but that’s really no big deal to Democrats, according to a Pew Research poll out Wednesday.
The poll focuses on the role of “Breadwinner Moms” – a misleadingly cheerful way to describe cross-generational misery – but it includes one jaw-dropping poll finding.
Almost half of the country’s largest political party sees millions of fatherless children and doesn’t give much of a damn.
“The public’s opinions about unmarried mothers also differ by party affiliation and race. Republicans (78%) are more likely than Democrats (51%) or independent voters (65%) to say that the growing number of children born to unwed mothers is a big problem. Whites are more likely than non-whites to view it as a big problem (67% vs. 56%). The views of men and women on this issue are the same.”
Think about that. Fifty-one percent of Democrats saying it’s a problem means 49 percent say it’s not.
And this isn’t something you can chalk up to life changes: divorce, death of a spouse, whatever. In most cases, Pew says, the fathers
aren’t around and never were.
According to the report:
“Today’s single mothers are much more likely to be never married than were single mothers in the past. The share of never married mothers among all single mothers has increased from 4% in 1960 to 44% in 2011 …
“Compared with single mothers who are divorced, widowed or separated, never married mothers are significantly younger, disproportionally non-white, and have lower education and income. Close to half of never married mothers in 2011 (46%) are ages 30 and younger, six-in-ten are either black (40%) or Hispanic (24%), and nearly half (49%) have a high school education or less. Their median family income was $17,400 in 2011, the lowest among all families with children.”
Old news, right? We all knew single motherhood was on the rise. We all knew white women are more likely than blacks and Hispanics to be married when they have their first child.
But what this polls makes crystal clear is that almost half – 49 percent — of Democrats don’t think that’s a problem.
Mitt Romney got crucified for saying 47 percent of the country thought the government owned them a living. Turns out, he underestimated.
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