WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A majority of Americans believe men and women should start having children in their mid-20s.
A recent Gallup poll found that 58 percent believe women should start having children at the age of 25 or younger while 52 percent believe men should start having children at 26 or older.
Only 42 percent believe men should have children by the time they are 25 and 35 percent think women should start a family after their 26th birthday.
The poll found that more blacks and Hispanics believe women should have their first child by the time they are 25 than whites. Sixty-seven percent of blacks and 68 percent of Hispanics told Gallup that women should start a family at 25, compared to 56 percent of whites.
The poll also revealed a preference for delayed parenthood when it comes to education.
“Americans with higher levels of education are more likely than those with little or no college to believe women should wait until age 26 or older to have children,” Gallup stated.
Researchers believe the “women’s biological clock” is why a majority of Americans feel women should have a child by the age of 25.
“Overall, Americans tend to believe the ideal age to have one’s first child is a bit younger for women than it is for men. That likely reflects the greater relevance of women’s biological clock when it comes to childbearing,” the poll said.
Gallup conducted the poll of 5,100 adults between Aug. 22-31.