Boys Preferred Over Girls, Poll Shows
July 6, 2007 -- People in the U.S. show a slight baby gender preference for having a boy instead of a girl if they were only able to have one child.
That's according to a new Gallup poll on baby gender preferences.
The telephone poll, conducted in June, included about 1,000 U.S. adults. They were asked: "Suppose you could only have one child. Would you prefer that it be a boy or a girl?"
Here are the participants' baby gender preferences:
- Boy: 37%
- Girl: 28%
- Either/doesn't matter: 26%
- Not sure/no opinion: 9%
The "either/doesn't matter" choice wasn't mentioned as an option by the pollsters. But more than a quarter of the participants expressed that view anyway.