Poor value marriage, are more traditional in some ways than wealthier counterparts

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  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    July 17, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    First, the reasons those who do public surveys ask for demographic information is to be sure that there is no chance of causing prejudicial outcomes that are falsely attributed to readers' personal biases. The information also helps organizations serve the groups who actually need serving. Second, it makes sense that financial stability plays a greater role in poorer families, no matter how conventional their outlook may be. I'm someone in that demographic. I also don't do certain things, and for various reasons. But for a young family, how much does it take--one working parent whose hours are cut, or two and one has to work part time, deciding it's cheaper to stay home when the sitter gets paid more than the job pays. Little things in a family with a higher income mean a lot, too--an appliance breaks down, and even if you rent, when it's something that didn't come with the rental, it's yours to fix or do without. That's the kind of pressure that hurts, but not because there is a survey. The survey will find out about it, though, as will a good article.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 14, 2012 5:57 a.m.

    Here we go with the almighty PEW again, a bunch of thieves stripping money from the poor to justify CEO contract positions.

    Economics drives most marriages anymore and human values are irrelevant. Especially among the Latinos and illegal foreign nationals that produce anchors in homes of gaining sympathy from state welfare and health care organizations, and it works very well. I hope this PEW is not lumping the values and culture of foreign nationals with that of the American people who are more culturally connected to their duties and lives and independence and citizens who don't count on socialistic welfare programs.

    These research groups like the PEW must start segregating their information by nationality and country of origin so the american people really know where our problems lie. Lumping the world population as accountable american responsibility is not fair to taxpayers or those of foreign nationality. The majority of poverty and poor in the US are illegal aliens with no rights or entitlements so they should not be lumped with or as US statistics. That method clearly disfigures and does an injustice to foreign nationals to get care and aid from their homelands.