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Washington Post: DC-Region Moms Poll, April 2005 (ICPSR 4324)

Principal Investigator(s): The Washington Post


This special topic poll, conducted April 14-23, 2005, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was respondents' experiences as mothers living in the Washington, DC, area. Respondents, all female, were queried on their choices as mothers such as whether to stay at home or work outside of the home, whether those in two parent households factored each person's income into the decision of who, if anyone, would stay at home to care for the children, whether they ever had doubts about their decision to have children, and whether they ever had doubts about their decisions related to which parent would stay home to care for the children. Further questions addressed the division of child care and responsibilities, the level of accommodation received from employers to address their responsibilities as parents, balancing the responsibilities of motherhood and responsibility/necessity of finding personal time for oneself, and balancing the responsibilities of motherhood and those of their jobs. Additional issues addressed the emotional health and experiences involved in motherhood, their satisfaction with being mothers, the expectations of mothers compared to times past, and the judgment and advice received from others relative to their parenting decisions. Background information includes age, education, household income, race, and sex.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


The Washington Post. WASHINGTON POST: DC-REGION MOMS POLL, APRIL 2005. ICPSR04324-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-05-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04324.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04324.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    caregivers, child care, child rearing, domestic responsibilities, dual career families, family life, family work relationship, job stress, mothers, parenting skills, parents, public opinion, single parents, women, working mothers, working women

Geographic Coverage:    Baltimore, District of Columbia, Maryland, United States, Virginia

Time Period:   

  • 2005-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-04-14--2005-04-23

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Females aged 18 and over, who identified themselves as mothers, living in households with telephones in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about sampling, interviewing, and sampling error may be found in the codebook.


Sample:    Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Weight:    The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-05-02

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