Faith and Family in America, 2005

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Over the last 50 years, our society has undergone huge demographic shifts with regards to family. Fewer people are living in a home with a married head of household, and family sizes have decreased as families have had fewer children and more people have chosen to raise children as single parents. Some religious institutions and leaders voice concerns about the decline of marriage, while others have embraced or at least accepted these changes. This debate polarizes our society, as some Americans are trying to mend what they see as cracks in the foundation of our society while others are seeking to move toward greater openness and tolerance. This study takes on these changes, exploring issues of family, marriage, and parenting in the context of America's religious life.

Data File
Cases: 1,131
Variables: 112
Weight Variable: WEIGH_1
Data Collection
Date Collected: July 25-August 7, 2005
Funded By
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
Collection Procedures
The data were collected through a random-digit-dial telephone survey of adults 18 and over, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.
Sampling Procedures
A nationally representative sample of 801 families was supplemented with oversamples of 156 married respondents with children and 174 unmarried respondents with children. The sample was stratified by state. The data were weighted by gender, race, education, region and marital status.
Principal Investigators
Anna Greenberg and Jennifer Berktold, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research