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New Poll: More Americans Prefer Baby Boys to Baby Girls
Reason ^ | June 24, 2011 | Ronald Bailey

Posted on 06/24/2011 7:18:02 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby

LiveScience is reporting a new Gallup Poll which finds:

If they were only allowed to have one child, more Americans would prefer it be a boy rather than a girl, a new survey finds.

Despite the intervening woman's movement, the results are very similar to those found when the same question was asked of Americans in 1941.

The Gallup polling agency asked a random sample of 1,020 American adults whether they'd prefer to have a girl or a boy if they could only chose one. Forty percent said they'd pick a boy, 28 percent said they would want a girl, and the rest didn't mind either way or weren't sure.

In 1941, Americans asked a similar question responded with 38 percent preferring a boy, 24 percent preferring a girl, and the rest with no preference. The question has been asked eight other times in the intervening years, with the numbers remaining fairly constant.

The preference for boys over girls is driven by men, 49 percent of whom said they'd want a son. Only 22 percent said they'd prefer a daughter. Women, in contrast, showed no significant preference, with 31 percent preferring a boy and 32 percent preferring a girl.

Americans younger than 30 are the most likely to say they'd prefer a boy, with 54 percent making that choice, and 27 percent preferring a baby girl. The gap then declines steadily with age. Education also plays a role: People with a postgraduate education break even in their preferences, while 44 percent of those with a high-school education or less prefer boys, compared with 25 percent who prefer girls.

The restriction of having but one child seems critical here. A 2006 study pubiished in the journal Fertility and Sterility asked 1,997 Americans what their preferences for a child's sex would be if they could take advantage of preconception sex selection technologies. The researchers reported:

Eight percent of respondents would use preconception sex selection technology, 74% were opposed, and 18% were undecided. If the sex selection process was simplified to taking a pill, 18% would be willing to use such a medication, 59% were opposed, and 22% were undecided. In terms of gender choices, 39% of respondents would like their first child to be a son, 19% would like their first child to be a daughter, and 42% had no preference. Overall, 50% wished to have a family with an equal number of boys and girls, 7% with more boys than girls, 6% with more girls than boys, 5% with only boys, 4% with only girls, and 27% had no preference.

Preconception sex selection technology via sperm separation is unlikely to be used by the majority of the United States population and is unlikely to have a significant impact on the natural sex ratio.

Of course, the practice of sex selective abortions is significantly skewing male/female sex ratios in China and India. But relative scarcity may have an upside; a 2010 paper found some evidence that baby girls in India are being treated better [PDF] than previously.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011polls; abortion; boys; children; genderwars; girls; sexism; sexselection

1 posted on 06/24/2011 7:18:09 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

What this isnt telling you is that the poll was taken in only two cities. Dearborn, MI and San Fran, CA.


2 posted on 06/24/2011 7:21:04 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (HTML impaired)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

NONSENSE!

My first grandchild, a grand DAUGHTER, is 6 months old and the most WONDERFUL person on the planet!


3 posted on 06/24/2011 7:22:10 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: BwanaNdege

Yep. I wouldn’t trade my two girls for anything.

The eldest has 4 boys and the youngest has 2 boys and a funny and mischievous 2 year old daughter. ( I love her to death)

Well, I love all my grand kids, but she knows how to pull grandpa’s strings!

:)


4 posted on 06/24/2011 7:26:05 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I thought I’d be one of those types who would want a boy when I had kids, but God blessed me with 2 of the most wonderful and delightful GIRLS evah.
Ain’t no way I’d have a boychild now...they break things. : )


5 posted on 06/24/2011 7:26:56 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly (It's not so much where, but to whom.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I don’t think any of us would trade what we have for another gender. Maybe the question was what gender you would like to have first? Either way, this doesn’t mean that parents like boys more than girls.


6 posted on 06/24/2011 7:28:51 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Maybe, just maybe, they intuitively notice women have a 21 million person majority in this country as of the latest census.


7 posted on 06/24/2011 7:31:28 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

Isn’t that gender imbalance mostly concentrated among senior citizens?


8 posted on 06/24/2011 7:35:40 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: BwanaNdege

Both of my son’s first children are daughters and they are my pride and joy, not that I love their sons any less but I have so much in common with the girls.


9 posted on 06/24/2011 7:36:21 PM PDT by tiki
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

They can get ultra sounds and abort those girls at taxpayer expense , just like in third world countrys


10 posted on 06/24/2011 7:47:17 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I can understand wanting a boy to carry on the family name. The first baby I did not have a preference. The second and third I would like to have had a baby boy, but got two more beautiful girls. I have never been sorry. God was good to give me three children to raise and I am proud of all three (who are now 60, 57 and 51.)


11 posted on 06/24/2011 7:50:00 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE BUSHS!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I will admit that if I could only have one child, and I would depend on said child for financial maintenance in my dotage, I would prefer a son. I’m just thinking about earning potential, particularly married men in comparison to married women.


12 posted on 06/24/2011 7:51:19 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: ozark hilljilly

“Ain’t no way I’d have a boychild now...they break things. : )”

You haven’t met my 2 year old grand daughter!

:0)


13 posted on 06/24/2011 7:51:50 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I have 7 daughters.
5 of them are teenagers right now.
They all stood together for their oldest sister’s wedding 1 week ago this very moment.
They make me weep with thankful joy for their inner and outer beauty.
I’m sure we would love boys just as much if we had them, but the only complaint I have about girls is the shortage of bathrooms.


14 posted on 06/24/2011 7:52:18 PM PDT by lurk
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

42% had no preference

and the idiot writer first links this “study” to the women’s movement?? eh??


15 posted on 06/24/2011 7:53:48 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I was quite delighted with a daughter in 1982, now quite successful in web site design, and living in Memphis.

Now, I am the proud father of a four month old, happy
boy, half American/half Filipino.
I have the best of both worlds.


16 posted on 06/24/2011 7:59:15 PM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
Both times I was pregnant I wanted a boy ~ actually I knew they were both boys!

The first born was a boy. The second born was a girl . . . when the doctors pulled her out an announced "It's A Girl", my comment was "Oh, $hit".

My reason for not wanting a girl was because I was one, and grew up with four of them. We are a pain in the butt, emotional wrecks. I was selfish & did not want to deal with all those hormones.

Would I trade our daughter for a boy? HELL NO!! She is the most awesome person you will ever meet.

17 posted on 06/24/2011 8:04:56 PM PDT by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: BwanaNdege
Sorry, our first GD is a year old, and is first in that category...

;-)

18 posted on 06/24/2011 8:07:08 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Boys or girls....ahh, tough choice!

But I think girls would have given me gray hair before my time.

Wouldn’t trade my boys for anything! :)


19 posted on 06/24/2011 8:08:51 PM PDT by derllak
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To: lurk

And I only have 4. 9, 8, 6, 2 they are a blast.


20 posted on 06/24/2011 8:12:43 PM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
When we, as a society, have to question the value of a girl baby vs. a boy baby (or any baby or fetus), we have lost our way.
21 posted on 06/24/2011 8:14:23 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I wonder if the preference for boys plays a part in abortion decisions here, as it does in China and India.


22 posted on 06/24/2011 8:21:20 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
LiveScience is reporting a new Gallup Poll which finds: If they were only allowed to have one child, more Americans would prefer it be a boy rather than a girl, . . . .

More's the pity and more proof of the dumbing down of Americans. Without girls (God bless'em!), there won't BE boys!!!



whaddya gotta do with these morons - draw'em a freakin' picture!??)

23 posted on 06/24/2011 8:24:20 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
LiveScience is reporting a new Gallup Poll which finds: If they were only allowed to have one child, more Americans would prefer it be a boy rather than a girl, . . . .

More's the pity and more proof of the dumbing down of Americans. Without girls (God bless'em!), there won't BE boys!!!



(whaddya gotta do with these morons - draw'em a freakin' picture!??)

24 posted on 06/24/2011 8:24:45 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: TheMom

I had a boy first. I cried with joy every time the next three ultrasounds showed girls.

Needless to say my son is “challenging”. :)


25 posted on 06/24/2011 8:43:54 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("Obama has put the wrong gas in the tank of our economy."-Herman Cain)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I guess I’m in the minority.

I wanted a girl first and a boy for our second.

I got my wishes and was blessed with the two best children that a dad could ever have the privilege to raise.

If I had it to do all over again, I would have gone for 6 children.

I was the oldest of 3 boys and 3 girls and I loved growing up in a large, yet poor family.

Mostly, I just wanted our children to be born healthy... thank God they were.


26 posted on 06/24/2011 8:55:15 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
And all those baby boys can grow up and move to New York now and marry each other.

sorry ... don't mind me ... I live here ...

27 posted on 06/24/2011 8:56:02 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: lurk
7 girls??? That is Awesome!

I'm sure you often heard the question

"so.....are you going to try for a boy?"

We have three fabulous daughters, and we heard it a lot! Our reply was always the same - "before we know it there will be boys all over the place. We're going to let the girls choose our sons."

Well, it looks like our oldest has "chosen" and very well for that matter. It's not official, but as soon as it is, I plan on sending out "It's a Boy!" announcements, LOL

28 posted on 06/24/2011 8:58:12 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (I'm not so concerned he was born in a 3rd world toilet as I am him trying to turn America into one.)
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To: BwanaNdege

Congratulations!

We have 8 grandchildren. It just keeps getting better and better.


29 posted on 06/24/2011 9:06:41 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

“I’ll take either one, as long as they’re Extra Crispy.”

30 posted on 06/24/2011 9:08:59 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I wanted a boy, but got four wonderful girls! I could go for four more! As my grandmother said to me, “God gave you girls because he already saw that there was enough man in the house.”


31 posted on 06/24/2011 9:09:10 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Mygirlsmom

“We’re going to let the girls choose our sons.” That’s a neat way of putting it!


32 posted on 06/24/2011 9:24:32 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: All

I only have one daughter, and one grandson. But I gotta say, I love little boys, and if polled I would pick a boy too. Would never tell my daughter this though:)

There’s something about them that brings out my maternal instincts just a little more. It is what it is.


33 posted on 06/24/2011 9:38:24 PM PDT by kelly4c
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To: lurk
Wow! If you were a dairy bull, you'd be worth a lot of money.

My brother and I have six duaghters between us, all blue ribbon heifers, both beauty and brains. I made that remark to him in front of our wives. His turns to mine and said "And I suppose we had nothing to do with it!"

34 posted on 06/24/2011 9:52:39 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
I found out that I was pregnant with twins in 1980 when they would not make predictions as to the sex from what was then the very new technology of ultrasound. I begged the radiologist to tell me that they were not both boys because I had no idea what I would do if they were. I have one sister and four nieces so boys were (and still are) a bit of a mystery to me. All he would say is that there was a good chance there was at least one boy - although he knew then that they were both girls.

Less than two months later, my two daughters were born six weeks early by C-section. They were beautiful babies and are now two gorgeous 30 year old young women - if I do say so myself. Although I would have been glad to welcome one or even two boys, my girls were and still are the great joys of my life (one is actually named Joy). My only regret is that (so far) I have no grandchildren, but I am not giving up on that yet!

35 posted on 06/24/2011 10:03:52 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;therefore choose life..")
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To: srmorton

I have two girfriends at church. One had three boys and the other three girls. They both got pregnant and guess what - Boy Mom had another boy and Girl Mom had another girl. I thought, why not just swap?

I had a boy first and then the girl. Love them both to death, even though they’re all big and used. Better get some grandbabies soon...


36 posted on 06/24/2011 10:33:49 PM PDT by Island Girl
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To: Figment

What do you mean thrid world? It happens here too especially when they already have one or two of one sex and want the other.....


37 posted on 06/24/2011 10:48:28 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: BwanaNdege

I agree with you. Our son was born during the early days of ultra sound. When my wife had a routine ultra sound the doctor asked if we wanted to know the sex of our child. We both told him not to bother, that we would take the baby anyway God made him.


38 posted on 06/25/2011 6:54:09 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Bigh4u2

I have 4 grandsons and 3 grand daughters and those boys know how to play me. In a good way.


39 posted on 06/25/2011 7:45:48 AM PDT by surrey
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