Special report: Most Americans say biggest problems facing families are economic, but Trump voters don’t agree
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A growing number of Americans say the cost of raising a family and high work demands on parents are among the most important problems facing families today, while fewer point to sexual permissiveness in society and the availability of drugs and alcohol.
The third annual American Family Survey finds that economic issues are on the minds of American families in the age of Trump, with 62 percent of adults putting at least one economic issue in their top three problems facing families, up from 51 percent in 2015. The number citing cultural issues dropped 17 points, from 68 to 51 percent, during that time.
But Trump voters and Clinton voters do not generally agree on what the big challenges are for families. Those who supported Clinton were more likely to put at least one economic issue at the top of their list of concerns (78 percent to 43), while Trump voters prioritize cultural issues higher (68 percent to 40).
Nor is that the only question that illuminates vast political divides when it comes to issues that impact families.
The latest American Family Survey finds plenty of contrast between Trump and Clinton voters on social and political issues affecting families. The nationwide poll, conducted for the Deseret News and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU, examines how adults view issues of marriage and parenting, family life and a diverse set of current topics that include cellphone use, addiction, health care priorities and immigration. The nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 American adults was conducted by YouGov and released in Washington, D.C., at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday.