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Alternative Families are gaining support from Americans

The Pew Research recently conducted a nationwide survey about marriage and family in which Americans were asked about some specific trends involving children growing up in non-traditional or "alternative" households.  Americans were most concerned about the rise in the number of single women having children without a male partner to help raise them.  About seven-in-ten (69%) say it is bad for society that more single women are having children, while just 4% say this is good for society and 24% say it doesn’t make much difference.  Interestingly, Americans were far less concerned about that more unmarried couples and more gay and lesbian couples are raising children, although a substantial minority expresses concerns; 43% say each of these trends is bad for society, but about the same number (43% and 41%, respectively) say it is neither good nor bad. About one-in-ten say it is good that more unmarried couples (10%) and more same-sex couples (12%) are raising children. (These …