Inflation, racial strife and the sanctity of marriage put American families on edge: Poll
The seventh annual US Household Survey on Tuesday revealed that inflation is the biggest concern for American families. The new study revealed that ethnic polarization is close to behind.
Americans’ trust in the institution of marriage is another major issue, according to the annual survey organized by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and Deseret News. YouGov polling organization conducted the survey during the summer of 2021.
according to scanning“Nothing else ‘but inflation’ worries people about the economy and their families.” The survey found that 39% of the public were “concerned about inflation,” while none of the other factors identified by poll organizers — a lack of government assistance, the national debt, or unemployment — attracted no more than 30%.
The poll found that Republicans were more concerned about inflation, at 52%, while concerned Democrats came in at 29%, a number that still tops the other three economic factors by wide margins.
Christopher F. said: Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, The question of race in America, and how racial history is taught in schools, is a dividing factor.
“Democrats and Republicans see different worlds when it comes to the racial challenges facing this country,” Mr. Karbowitz told the Washington Times. “They have different preferences for how schools deal with these challenges. And whether or not schools should spend more time addressing issues of race, but also the kinds of lessons that schools teach about race.”
He said that while members of both parties surveyed agreed that there had been “progress in racial equality over time,” disagreements had arisen over school curricula.
Recent public debates have focused on critical race theory and the controversial Project 1619, which Postulates Slavery should be the primary lens through which American history can be examined.
“I don’t quite know how to tell a story about progress without saying that things in the past were worse than they are today,” said Mr. Karbowitz.
The survey found that marriage and the health of marriages remained a concern during the pandemic year.
Mr. Karbowitz declared, “I think we are seeing a lot of signs that families are, and continue to be, valuable institutions in modern society.”
The survey summary stated, “There is continued stability in Americans’ ratings of marriage, both for themselves and for the institution in general.”
At the same time, the report indicated that there is a hint that people are less likely to say that their marriage has become stronger during COVID, possibly due to the stress of this period. But in general, people think marriages go well.”
Mr. Karpowitz said one potential stressor for families this year is the expiration of the COVID-related relief payments that, under the Trump and Biden administrations, have helped pull many families out of the financial crisis.
“The group most likely to face a challenge are single parents with children,” he added. “This is the group most likely to face an economic crisis during the pandemic.”
Mr. Karpowitz returned to the report’s main finding: The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the nation’s families.
“The pandemic affected different types of families differently,” he said. “We see that Hispanic families, one in five, say they know someone in their family [or] An extended family member who died of COVID. That’s more than double the rate we see among white families.”
Additional details of the national survey of 3,000 Americans will be available online at https://www.deseret.com/american-family-surveyorganizers said.