Home Health Parents News Now Poll: Women Should Have Kids Earlier than Men Poll: Women Should Have Kids Earlier than Men By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 12, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_162193415 30630 The majority of Americans, 58 percent, believe the ideal age for women to start having children is 25 or younger, while the majority, 52 percent, said men should start having children at 26 or older, a recent Gallup poll found. The average perceived ideal age for each gender to have children differs only slightly: 25 for women and 27 for men, Gallup found. Some 5,100 U.S. adults took part in the survey. Gallup acknowledged "tension between biology and societal norms" in the results, noting young women may have the best odds of conceiving a healthy child but that rushing to become a parent "doesn't square with modern Western sensibilities about pursuing higher education and career goals, finding the perfect partner, or simply relishing the experience of young adulthood." Gallup also found "significant differences by education and race" in the poll. The proportion of respondents saying the ideal time for a woman to have her first child by age 25 was greater among blacks and Hispanics than among whites. Get the latest parenting news with our Parents Daily Newsletter Image: Expectant couple, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Poll: Women Should Have Kids Earlier than Men Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.