October 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Americans Split On Men’s Family Values 42 Percent See Improvement In Care For Family, Poll Finds

Associated Press
 

Americans are split on whether men have become more caring toward their families over the past 25 years, according to a poll released Saturday.

In a Fox News-Opinion Dynamics poll, 42 percent of Americans said the average man has become more caring and concerned about his family, 43 percent thought the reverse, and 7 percent thought the level of concern was about the same as 25 years ago.

The survey of 902 registered voters was taken on Wednesday and Thursday, in advance of Saturday’s rally of Christian men in Washington. The rally was sponsored by Promise Keepers, a ministry that urges men to be more attentive and caring to their families.

Among those surveyed who had heard of the Promise Keepers, 59 percent felt the group’s mission was to promote Christian values, while 17 percent thought the group’s goal was male dominance.

Eighty-three percent of those surveyed felt men and women should share family leadership equally; 15 percent thought men should lead the family; 1 percent said women should lead.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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