A growing number of Americans without children say they’ll likely never have them, a new poll found.
Nearly half — some 44% — of respondents ages 18 to 49 in the US said it’s “not too likely” or “not at all likely” that they’ll have kids one day, an increase of 7% from 2018, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Friday.
Some 56% of respondents without kids polled between Oct. 18 and 24 indicated that they “just don’t want to have children” as the primary factor — followed by medical issues (19%), financial reasons (17%) and not having a partner (15%).
Almost one in 10 (9%) said they weren’t expecting offspring anytime soon due to the “state of the world,” while 5% cited climate change and the environment as their motivation to stay without children.
Some 74% of adults under 50 who already have children, meanwhile, said they’re unlikely to have more kids, down from 71% in 2018, the poll found.
The data comes as fears of a “baby bust” linger amid a downward trend in US fertility rates, which were already at a record low before the start of the pandemic, Pew noted.
Government data released in May revealed that 4 percent fewer babies were born in 2020 than the year before, as the fertility rate in the US plunged to the lowest in decades. About 3.6 million babies were born last year, the lowest number since 1979, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Across parents and non-parents, men and women were equally likely to indicate they will probably not have kids or add to their families in the future. The Pew Research Center poll of 3,866 US adults has a margin of error plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.
With Post wires