ABC News/Good Housekeeping Mother's Day Poll, January 2006 (ICPSR 4655)

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This special topic poll, conducted January 30-February 2, 2006, is part of a continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was on respondents' experiences as mothers. Female respondents with children under the age of 18 were asked how well they felt they were doing as mothers, how much each worried about not being as good a mother as she would like to be, and the quality of her relationships with her children and with her own mother. The poll asked how often the respondent asked her mother for advice, whether her mother ever gave her unsolicited parenting advice, and whether she found this advice helpful or annoying. A series of questions asked respondents to compare their own parenting styles with that of their mothers in areas such as discipline and parental involvement, and respondents gave their opinions on whether being a mother was harder or easier compared to when they were children. Additionally, respondents were asked whether they worked outside the home, whether they considered their work to be a career or just a job, who had the main child care responsibilities in their households, whether their own mothers had worked outside the home when they were children, and the number of children in their families when they were growing up. Demographic variables include age, race, marital status, household income, employment status, education level, and number and ages of children in the household.

ABC News, and Good Housekeeping. ABC News/Good Housekeeping Mother’s Day Poll, January 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-26.

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(1) The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis. (2) Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Web site. (3) System missing values were recoded to -1. (4) The FIPS variable was recoded for confidentiality. (5) According to the data collection instrument, code 3 in the variable Q909 also included respondents who answered that they had attended a technical school. (6) Variable Q910YY contains the ages of the children of respondents who stated that they had one child in variable Q910X, while variables Q910Y_1 through Q910Y_7 contain the ages of the children of respondents who had stated that they had more than one child. (7) The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.

Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult woman in the household who had children under 18 living there and who was home at the time of the interview.

Women aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • ABC News/Good Housekeeping. ABC NEWS/GOOD HOUSEKEEPING MOTHER'S DAY POLL, JANUARY 2006. ICPSR04655-v1. Horsham, PA: Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-26.

2007-06-26 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.

The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. The data were weighted using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily were classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex, and education. Weights were assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matched the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey.


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