Even though the vast majority of Americans say they have, want or wish they had kids, the reality is that fewer children are being born in the United States. A new Gallup survey suggests financial pressures are one reason for the trend.
Americans’ views about having kids have hardly changed since 1990: More than nine in 10 adults today say they have kids, are planning to have kids or wish they had kids, a new Gallup survey found. Just 5 percent say they don’t want children; 4 percent said the same in 1990.
Despite these barely-changed attitudes, the U.S. birth rate has dropped 11 percent since 1990. In 2011, the fertility rate in the United States fell to an all-time low, at 63.2 births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 1990, the fertility rate was 70.9 births per 1,000 women.