It’s 2017 and we still want men to bring home the bacon.
In a national survey of 4,971 adults released Wednesday, Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel found more Americans judge a man’s worth as a partner by his ability to bring home a paycheck compared to opinions about women.
About 71% of people surveyed said it’s very important for a husband or partner to financially support his family, as opposed to 32% who said the same about a women’s role.
This comes at a time when an increasing number of women are breadwinners. About a third (31%) of women who are married or living with a partner bring in at least half of the household earnings — that’s up from 25% in 2000 and way up from 13% in 1980.
Still, more men are earning more than their female counterparts. Nearly 70% of men who are married or cohabiting make more money than their partner.
Survey data showed two traits outranked a partner’s ability to provide: being caring and compassionate. About 85% said these qualities are important for men and 90% in women.