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Single fathers leading U.S. households jumps from one to eight percent. Record levels

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
July 7th, 2013
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According to the Pew Research Center, the number of single fathers leading U.S. households has jumped from one percent from 1960 - to eight percent today. According to the analysis, single fathers tend to be less educated, older and are usually white. Further data gathered from the center shows a nation divided over same-sex marriages and the rise of non-religious people in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The center says that single fathers are running more households in record numbers, at a time when religion is losing its importance in American lives.

The center for households led by single mothers is also on the rise, increasing more than fourfold during the same time period. Single fathers were far more likely to be living with a partner, the data proved, with 41 percent doing so versus only 16 percent for women.

In a report on increasing non-religious affiliation among Americans, Pew said its recent survey found respondents split as to whether or not more people being nonreligious mattered.

Forty-eight percent of those polled said the rise in nonreligious people was a "bad thing," 11 percent said it was a "good thing," while 39 percent told researchers it didn't matter. The survey was conducted in late March and early April and included 4,006 adults.

Younger adults between 18 and 29 were less inclined than older ones to consider the increase in people who are not religious to be a bad thing for society, the survey found. Both men and women surveyed had similar views on the subject.

Polls conducted by Pew in the wake of the Supreme Court rulings a week ago striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, which reinstated gay marriage in California found 45 percent approved of the court's rulings and 40 percent disapproved.

Reactions were divided along age, gender and partisan lines. By a nearly two to one margin, those younger than 30 said they approved of the court's decisions. Among respondents 65 and older, 49 percent disapproved of the rulings and 36 percent supported the decisions.

About 61 percent of Democrats approved of the rulings and 63 percent of Republicans disapproved. Women were more likely than men to support the decisions.

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