Jan 14th 2011 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
42 percent of Americans have at least one step- relative.
According to the Pew Research Center, who surveyed about 2,691 adults by phone late last year
, 30 percent have a step- or half-sibling, 19 percent have a stepparent, and 13 percent have a stepchild.
70 percent of folks with a step- relative rate their family life as "very satisfactory," which almost matches the 78 percent of people with only traditional relatives who rate their family life that way.
Among people who have a parent and a stepparent, 86 percent would feel obligated to extend help to their biological parent if they were in need, whereas only 56 would do the same for a stepparent.
What step- relatives need now is some good P.R. to combat all those years of pop-cultural demonization.