Which is ‘More’ Important, Being Good Parent or Good Spouse?

Researchers from the Pew Research Center say that for Millennials and Generation Xers, the answer is firmly in the “good parent” camp.


Last year, Pew asked 18- to 29-year-olds, nicknamed the Millennials, that question and 52 percent responded by saying that being a good parent was the most important, while only 30 percent said having a successful marriage was. As for the generation preceding the Millennials, the Generation Xers, when they were 18 to 29 years old and were asked that same question in 1997, 42 percent said being a good parent was more important and 35 percent said a good marriage was tops. (March 2011)