Monday, August 16, 2004

Things that make you go hmmmm: readers aren't altogether down with the Spike TV poll on men that found 56 percent of guys would consider at-home dad-dom. RebelMom peer Elizabeth pointed out a graphic from the Time magazine story about the Spike survey that shows the Spike folks found that 22 percent of fathers are at-home dads.

I'd love to celebrate the number, but I have no idea where it came from. Depending on the mood of the Census bureau, at-home dads are either less than a percent of the population of dads or up around 13 percent. No one has ever suggested we're close to one in four.

It makes me wonder about all sorts of things, and I'll try tomorrow to get the actual numbers. It could be that the polltakers introduced bias somehow (did they call only home numbers between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.). They may have stated the question over-broadly ("Have you ever served as the primary caretaker for your child?")? But it's damn hard to imagine the 22 percent of the dads out there are doing the at-home thing.

Theories on why the number is off (or why I am wrong) are welcome.


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