Fathers today get higher grades than mothers for their performance, especially from women; about one-in-five (21%) U.S. adults say today's fathers are doing a better job compared with fathers a generation ago, while far fewer (9%) say that today's mothers are doing a better job than their predecessors did 20 or 30 years ago. Overall, 47% of Americans say fathers of children under the age of 18 are now doing a worse job as parents than fathers did two or three decades ago; this compares with 56% who say mothers are doing a worse job.

The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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