Poll: Working Moms Make it Work

Part of that criticism reflects the grip of the "Leave it to Beaver" model of American life on the public psyche. Three-quarters of Americans agree with the statement, "It may be necessary for mothers to be working because the family needs money, but it would be better if she could stay home and take care of the house and children." Eight in 10 working dads agree, as do 72 percent of working moms.

Agree/disagree statements in polls can carry acquiescence bias (people tend to agree), and this one doesn't draw working in a particularly positive light. Another reality also tempers this result: the simple the fact that, as noted, eight in 10 working mothers say that even if they could stop working entirely, they wouldn't.

Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone April 21-24, 2005, among a random national sample of 1,007 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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