New American Family Survey reveals how liberals and conservatives view marriage


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SALT LAKE CITY — A new nationwide survey released by the Deseret News and Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy reveals major differences in how liberals and conservatives view the institution of marriage. But it also shows agreement that the family is under attack.

Deseret News National Edition editor Allison Pond said the goal of the survey was "to paint a picture of people's attitudes and also behaviors in their family."

A key finding of the report was that "on balance people are happy with their own marriages, but they are relatively unhappy with the state of marriage generally in the United States."

Similar to marriage, people are generally happy with their own families but worry about the state of families in general.

"I hope that when people look at the American Family Survey it helps them realize that public opinion about families is not really some sort of polarized red/blue kind of argument," said Jeremy Pope, co-director for the center.

"It is the case that liberals and conservatives see some different things about families, that is true, and in some ways they might talk past one another, but by and large there is a space there to talk about how important families are because most people think they are really important," he said.

Watch the video to see what liberals and conservatives disagree on when it comes to the family.


Candice Madsen


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