As the 2022 midterm elections approach, Americans are weighing economic and social issues in a rapidly shifting political and cultural environment. The 8th annual American Family Survey, a nationwide poll with 3,000 respondents, reveals how families are experiencing and viewing issues from inflation and the economy to abortion and teaching about race and gender in public schools. This year’s survey emphasizes how the opinions of moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats differ from the more conservative or liberal members of their parties. It also explores trends in marriage and family life over the past eight years—including how family relationships are faring in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, October 4, the Brookings Center on Children and Families, Deseret News, and Brigham Young University hosted an event to dive into the findings of this year’s survey. Chris Karpowitz, co-director for the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, and Jeremy C. Pope, co-director of The Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, presented key takeaways, followed by a panel of experts.