In Time For Mother’s Day, UConn Releases National Poll
Of Mothers On The Subject Of Motherhood In America
Released: May 2, 2005
Department of Public Policy
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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
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
For a complete copy of the survey, visit: http://www.motherhoodproject.org/study/pressrelease.php