Moms are a Public Opinion Favorite

In honor of Mother’s Day this year, Rasmussen Reports released some interesting numbers about Americans’ views on motherhood.

According to the survey, 64 percent of Americans view being a mother as “the most important role for a woman to fill in today’s world.” Perhaps not surprising, “women are more likely than men to think being a mother is their most fulfilling role.” Yet, opinion does not differ between those who have and don’t have children living at home.

These findings come on the heels of another interesting survey conducted by the Pew Research Center that revealed some striking changes in the demography of motherhood in the United States over the past two decades.

Compared to mothers of newborns in 1990, mothers today are older and more educated.  Today there appears to be a lower rate of teen pregnancy than in 1990, and an increase in mothers over the age of 35 – and that’s across all race and ethnic groups.

One of the most striking findings in the Pew study was that today 41 percent of mothers are unmarried. When this number is broken down, non-marital births are highest among Black women (72%), then Hispanics (53%), Whites (29%) and Asians (17%). Interestingly, however, the increase has been greatest among whites, whose out-of-wedlock births grew by 69%.