The FINANCIAL — Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans think that being a mother is the most important role for a woman to fill in today’s world, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Eighteen percent (18%) disagree, and another 18% aren’t sure.
These figures are virtually unchanged from our survey a year ago, and have remained constant over the past few years.
Women are more likely than men to think being a mother is their most fulfilling role. There is virtually no difference of opinion on this between those with children in the home and those who don't have children living with them.
This nationwide survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 5-6, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted byPulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of adults say their mother is still living, and 64% of those adults say they will visit her for Mother's Day. Twenty-five percent (25%) plan to call. Just four percent (4%) won't do either, and six percent (6%) haven't made up their minds yet.
Women under the age of 40 are nearly twice as likely to be visiting their mother as men under 40.
Twenty-two percent (22%) of adults plan to send Mom flowers for Mother's Day, but that's down slightly from a year ago.
One-third (34%) of adults feel that Mother’s Day is one of our nation’s most important holidays. Just 10% consider it one of the least important, while 55% rate it somewhere in between.
Americans continue to view Christmas and Independence Day as the nation’s most important holidays, while Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day have been at the bottom of the list for several years now. Mother’s Day ranks in the middle.