Perspectives on Families in America Survey

Findings from a national survey exploring differences in values and beliefs related to child and family health.

The Perspectives on Families in America Survey explores the views of U.S. adults toward families with young children and their needs. It also identifies differences in public views about the deservingness of families with low income, the importance of systemic-level causes for the lack of social resources, and the role of government in addressing problems that families with young children face.

A typology was created to discover the pattern of values and beliefs related to addressing those resource problems—low incomes, lack of access to affordable and healthy food, and lack of access to child care and preschool programs.

The survey was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Survey data were collected in 2021 from a general population sample of U.S. adults age 18 and older with oversamples of parents of children ages 0–5 years old, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and American Indian/Alaska Natives from the NORC probability-based panel, AmeriSpeak. In total, NORC collected 6,207 responses.

Overview of the Typology

Using the results from the survey, the researchers created a typology or classification of U.S. adults based on their values and beliefs: three supportive of increased societal efforts to promote children’s and family health and three more skeptical. The three supportive groups represent 60 percent of U.S. adults. The more skeptical groups represent 40 percent. 

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Typology Groups