Americans say children more spoiled than in past

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- Most Americans believe children are more spoiled than they used to be, and two-thirds of parents surveyed believe they spoil their own children, according to a poll released Sunday.

The poll, conducted for Time magazine and CNN, found that 80 percent of 1,015 adults surveyed believed children today are more spoiled than children of 10 or 15 years ago.

Three-fourths of those polled said children have fewer chores than in the past.

A subsection of the polling group, made up of 351 parents, were asked whether they were more permissive with their children than their own parents were with them. A third of the group believed they were more permissive.

Seventy-one percent think their children are exposed to too much advertising for games and toys.

When it comes to family fights, nearly two-thirds of parents say they're most likely to argue with their children about cleaning up their rooms, while 55 percent sometimes argue about fights the children are having with their siblings or others.

The Time/CNN poll was conducted by telephone earlier this month. The margin of error for the survey of 1,015 adults was plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin of error for the subgroup of 351 parents was plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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