Survey of GB adults and fathers on their opinions and experiences of equal parental treatment
- Of the statements tested, British adults are most likely to agree that children should have equal access to their fathers and mothers after separation (80%), and that new fathers should have automatic parental responsibility, even if they are not married (75%).
- Only one in five (21%) British adults agree that family courts treat fathers as equally as mothers, with fathers almost twice as likely to disagree with the statement as mothers (52% vs. 29% respectively).
- Almost half (45%) of British fathers say that either they or someone they know has experienced unequal treatment of fathers compared to mothers in society.
- Two in five (37%) British fathers say that either they or someone they know have experienced not seeing their child(ren) on Father’s Day.
Date Published: 16/06/2019
Categories: GB | Public and communities | Social
ComRes interviewed 2,082 British adults online between 29th May and 9th June 2019. Data were weighted to be representative of British adults by age, gender and region. ComRes also interviewed 1,015 British fathers, weighted to be representative of British adults by age, gender and region, with all ineligible respondents removed. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.