ERIC Number: ED442536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-28
Reference Count: N/A
Harris Poll on Child Care. The Harris Poll #5.
Recent proposals by President Clinton to increase the availability and affordability of child care address a major issue of concern for many parents. This Harris Poll on child care surveyed 1,000 adults between January 14 and 18, 1998. The findings indicate that: (1) about half of all adults were aware of the president's recent proposal; (2) most of the adults who had heard of the proposal supported it; (3) a quarter of all adults said that they or their partners had used or needed child care in the last 5 years, with half of these parents saying that it was extremely or very difficult to find affordable care, and 44 percent said that it was extremely or very difficult to find high quality care; (4) about half of adults who had sought child care in the last 5 years said that the lack of acceptable child care reduced their ability to do their job as well as they wanted, and 43 percent indicated that the lack of acceptable care prevented them from taking a job; (5) over 80 percent of adults responded positively to a proposal to give tax breaks to employers who offer flexible working hours or encourage telecommuting; and (6) 60 percent believe that it is primarily the families' responsibility to find child care, while 15 percent believe it is the government's responsibility and 23 percent, the employers' responsibility. (Eight tables list questions asked and detail findings.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.