People who are themselves never-married parents (about 8% of all parents) are less inclined than ever-married parents to see unmarried childbearing as bad for society or morally wrong; more than six in ten (61%) in a new Pew survey said that having a child outside marriage is not at all wrong or only wrong sometimes compared with 46% of ever-married parents. Never-married parents are also less inclined to say a child needs both a mother and father to grow up happily. Demographically, this group is more likely than ever-married parents to be young, black or Hispanic, less educated, and to have been raised by an unwed parent themselves. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.