Most fathers say they have a tougher time raising children today than did the fathers of a generation ago. Fully 63% of fathers say it is more difficult being a father today compared with 20 or 30 years ago. Just 9% of fathers say they have an easier job today, while a quarter (26%) say today’s fathers are doing a better job than their fathers did. About one-third of adults overall (34%) say fathers are doing a worse job, and 40% say they are doing about the same job.. Opinion is split on whether fathers play a greater role in the lives of children compared with fathers 20 or 30 years ago. Among all adults, 46% say fathers play a greater role now and 45% say they play less of a role now. Read More

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