Washington, DC, June 21, 2021 — A new Ipsos poll shows that seven in ten Americans plan to celebrate Father’s Day this year, with older Americans less likely to be celebrating. The poll also finds that three in ten Americans saw their father, father-like figure, parents, or grandparents less often over the past year, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Seven in ten Americans plan to celebrate Father’s Day this year.
- The most popular ways people plan to celebrate Father’s Day include cooking at home (29%), calling a father or father-like figure (22%) or purchasing a gift or flowers (21%).
- Baby Boomers are least likely to celebrate Father’s Day, with 41% saying that they will not partake in any celebrations, compared to less than a quarter of Gen Xers (22%), Millennials (23%) and Gen Zers (18%) that say the same.
2. Twenty-nine percent say they have seen their father, father-like figure, parents, or grandparents less often during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year.
- A quarter (26%) say they have been able to see these figures about the same over the past year, while only 4 percent say they have seen them more often.
- Urban (35%) dwellers are more likely than suburban (26%) and rural (24%) inhabitants to report seeing these figures less often over the past year.
- Those with a household income of $50,000 or more (33%) are also more likely to report seeing these figures less often when compared to those making less than $50,000 (19%).
About the Study
This poll was conducted June 4 – 7, 2021, by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,010 general population adults age 18 or older. The sample includes 114 Gen Zers, 225 Millennials, 263 Gen Xers, and 408 Baby Boomers. Generation Z includes ages 18-25, Millennials include ages 26-39, Generation X includes ages 40-55, and Baby Boomers include ages older than 55.
The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.11. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on other sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.
The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.
The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, race/ethnicity by gender, race/ethnicity by age, and race/ethnicity by education. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2019 March supplement of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS). The weighting categories were as follows:
- Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–25, 26–39, 40-54 and 55+)
- Race/Hispanic Ethnicity (White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Other)
- Education (High School graduate or less, Some College, Bachelor and beyond)
- Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)
- Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
- Household Income (Under $25,000, $25,000-$49,999, $50,000-$74,999, $75,000-$99,999, $100,000-$149,999, $150,000+)
- Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Gender (Male, Female)
- Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Age (18-44, 45+)
- Race/ethnicity (White/Other Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Latinx, Asian) by Education (Some College or less, Bachelor and beyond)
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