Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Spencer and Lauren Hanson sit near their home with daughter Lyla in Provo on Nov. 4, 2017. They have been married two years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Deseret News traveled to the The American Enterprise Institute last week in Washington, D.C., to announce the results of its third annual American Family Survey at the think tank that also contributed advisory experts to our efforts.
One of our goals at the Deseret News is to keep an eye on the American family and its role in society, particularly the impacts on children as the country and its people go through significant cultural and economic changes that affect, well, everything.
Being a watchdog means looking at the political, economic and cultural factors that are impacting the family in all its forms. And in addition to being a watchdog over government, education, law enforcement and other institutions, we want to go directly to people to find out how they’re living their lives and what is most important to them.
“Once upon a time, the pollsters regularly asked Americans about ordinary life. These questions are largely missing today in favor of the latest poll on political news or political scandal. Something very important has been lost,” Karlyn Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute said before moderating a panel of experts to discuss our survey Thursday.
Among the findings this year is this important change over past years: “A growing number of Americans say the cost of raising a family and high work demands on parents are among the most important problems facing families today, while fewer point to sexual permissiveness in society and the availability of drugs and alcohol.”