July 25, 2007 -- U.S. adults are split on whether they would want to learn the sex of their baby before birth, according to a new Gallup poll.
The results: 51% said they would want to wait until the baby was born, 47% said they would want to know before the birth, and 2% didn't express an opinion.
Some people were more likely to say they wanted to learn their baby's sex during pregnancy.
For instance, 58% of people who already had a child wanted to know their baby's gender before birth. So did two-thirds of young adults aged 18-34.
Other people preferred to wait until birth to learn their baby's sex. They included 63% of Catholics and 56% of people who say they attend religious services at least once a month.
What if one parent wants to learn the baby's sex and the other wants to wait until the baby is born? The poll didn't look at that.
Of course, parents-to-be have the option of asking their doctor not to tell them whether it's a boy or a girl during pregnancy, if they so choose.