September 18, 2014

How is one’s ideology linked to their child-rearing values?

Respondents in the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel were surveyed about which of 12 traits they feel are “especially important to teach children,” and to then choose the three most important.  The total percentages who name each trait among the most important are presented below, along with these views by placement on a scale of political ideology  (see here for details on this scale)

For more detail about these child-rearing values by ideology as well as by gender, age, education, religion, and race and ethnicity, see the full report “Teaching the Children: Sharp Ideological Differences, Some Common Ground.

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Consistently conservative
Mostly conservative
Consistently liberal
Being responsible
Overall 55%
Consistently liberal 47%
Mostly liberal 55%
Mixed 56%
Mostly conservative 57%
Consistently conservative 61%
Religious faith
Overall 30%
Consistently liberal 11%
Mostly liberal 23%
Mixed 29%
Mostly conservative 44%
Consistently conservative 59%
Hard work
Overall 42%
Consistently liberal 26%
Mostly liberal 42%
Mixed 46%
Mostly conservative 43%
Consistently conservative 33%
Being well-mannered
Overall 22%
Consistently liberal 11%
Mostly liberal 24%
Mixed 26%
Mostly conservative 21%
Consistently conservative 17%
Overall 18%
Consistently liberal 13%
Mostly liberal 19%
Mixed 22%
Mostly conservative 16%
Consistently conservative 9%
Helping others
Overall 22%
Consistently liberal 28%
Mostly liberal 26%
Mixed 24%
Mostly conservative 15%
Consistently conservative 13%
Empathy for others
Overall 15%
Consistently liberal 34%
Mostly liberal 15%
Mixed 12%
Mostly conservative 11%
Consistently conservative 6%
Overall 12%
Consistently liberal 3%
Mostly liberal 10%
Mixed 15%
Mostly conservative 11%
Consistently conservative 15%
Overall 10%
Consistently liberal 13%
Mostly liberal 11%
Mixed 8%
Mostly conservative 9%
Consistently conservative 10%
Overall 11%
Consistently liberal 17%
Mostly liberal 17%
Mixed 10%
Mostly conservative 7%
Consistently conservative 2%
Overall 11%
Consistently liberal 22%
Mostly liberal 12%
Mixed 9%
Mostly conservative 6%
Consistently conservative 3%
Overall 8%
Consistently liberal 23%
Mostly liberal 9%
Mixed 5%
Mostly conservative 4%
Consistently conservative 3%

Respondents were first presented with a list of 12 different traits and asked to check all that were “especially important to teach children.” If more than three were selected, respondents were asked then to choose the three that were the most important. The measure of ideological consistency is based on a scale of 10 questions covering a range of attitudes on number of political issues.