Poll: Most men aspire to be dads

3 News 16 June 2013
A recent Associated Press-WE TV poll found more than 8 in 10  men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they’d like to be one  someday.

Debates about the different ways women approach motherhood  dominate news coverage about parenthood these days, with fathers’ experiences  often left unexamined.

A look at what the poll found on how men view fatherhood,  and the changes it has brought for those who have become dads:

BECOMING A DAD

About 8 in 10 fathers surveyed said they always knew they  wanted to have children, compared with about 7 in 10 mothers, and 69 percent of  dads called that long-standing desire to have children an important factor in  their decision to have kids.

Dads were more likely than mums in the poll to say they saw  positive effects from fatherhood on their love life and career, and they are  just as likely as mums to say it improved their overall happiness, sense of  accomplishment and sense of purpose.

When weighing whether to become a parent, mothers and  fathers placed similar levels of importance on where they stood in their career  and the impact having kids might have on their social life, and like mothers,  saw having found the right person to have a child with and the joy of having  children as the most important considerations.

MARRIED, WITH KIDS

Three-quarters of dads said they were married when their  first child was born. Among those men who aren’t married and who would like to  have children, about one-quarter say they would consider having or adopting a  child without a partner, though 88 percent within this group say they do want to  get married someday.
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