A Boy Please!

If you are pregnant and hoping for a boy, you are not alone.

A Gallup poll, conducted in June, questioned 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.

    Participants also heard a list of possible reasons for their baby gender preference.

    Among those who favored boys, the top reasons were that men can relate to boys better than to girls, boys can carry on the family name, and boys are easier to raise.

    Among those who favored girls, the leading explanations were that mothers can have closer relationships with daughters, they already had one or more daughters, and that girls are easier to raise than boys.

    Men were more likely than women to prefer boys, but women didn’t show a similar preference for girls, according to Gallup.



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    Lisa Arneill

    SAHM of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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