Financial success is only one gage of success for millenials with many placing marriage and parenthood far above career and financial success but are increasingly delaying or forgoing marriage but still having children.

However, despite the sharp differences by socio-economic status in marital and parenting behaviours, there are only minor differences by socio-economic status in values and attitudes about marriage and parenting.

  • Adults with higher incomes and more education tend to be slightly less inclined than others to say that premarital sex and nonmarital births are always morally wrong.
  • Those with a tertiary education are also slightly less inclined than the less educated to say it is very important for couples to legally marry if they plan to spend their lives together.
  • Similarly, those with a tertiary education are a little more likely to say that a man or woman can lead a complete and happy life if he or she remains single.

There are no more than minimal differences by education or income when it comes to views about the impact on society of unmarried childbirths and of cohabitation.

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