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In Time For Mother’s Day, UConn Releases National Poll
Of Mothers On The Subject Of Motherhood In America
Released: May 2, 2005

Release #05030
Christopher Barnes
Department of Public Policy
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Michael Kirk,
Media Relations
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STORRS, Conn .— With six days to go before Mother’s Day, the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy has released a national poll on the views and concerns of mothers in America. The results are based on interviews with more than 2,000 mothers, all over the age of 18 with at least one child under the age of 18, forming a nationally representative sample.

The survey shows that regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, geography or employment status, most American mothers derive great satisfaction from motherhood, place a high priority in reducing family violence, want to protect their children from negative outside influences and desire employment that allows them to spend more time with their children. There was no significant evidence of a divide between working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Mothers also indicated that they are not as appreciated as they should be. The survey was completed on behalf of the Mothers' Council and Motherhood Project based at the Institute for American Values, and was implemented in partnership with UConn and the University of Minnesota.

Highlights of the poll:

  • 81% agree they are “very satisfied” with life as a mother (16% are “somewhat satisfied”).
  • 48% reported feeling appreciated most of the time.
  • 19% say they felt less valued by society since becoming a mother.
  • 41% of mothers work full-time, but only16% said they would ideally prefer full-time work.
  • 95% said they wish American culture made it easier to instill positive values in children.
  • 88% worried about the influence of the media on their children

“The poll is important because it provides vital scientific data to the current debate regarding issues that mothers face. The popular media have depicted a world of ‘desperate housewives.’ This survey gives mothers a voice and they reveal a far different and far more complex reality,” said UConn pollster Christopher Barnes.

For a complete copy of the survey, visit: http://www.motherhoodproject.org/study/pressrelease.php


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