NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coming home after school to a plate of fresh baked cookies with a mom who is always there waiting to hear how their child's day was? That was the very picture of television moms during the 1950s and 1960s. TV moms began to change in the 1970s, as some went to work, and by the 1980s and 1990s it was rare to find that stay at home mom.
But, among these television moms, which rises to the top? It's the 1950s version, as June Cleaver of Leave it to Beaver is the television mom Americans would most like to have had as a mom when they were growing up. In the number two spot is the quintessential 1980s mother, working lawyer Claire Huxtable of The Cosby Show, who always seemed able to perfectly balance family and career. In the third spot is a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls (all of whom had hair of gold like their mother) – Carol Brady, of The Brady Bunch. Interestingly, all three of these were in the same spots the last time The Harris Poll asked this question, in 2008.
Two very different television moms are in a tie for the fourth spot on the list. First, while the show is from the 1970s, Marion Cunningham from Happy Days was a 1950s mom – as well as becoming a maternal figure to one of the coolest guys on TV at that time, the Fonz. The second mom in the 4th spot was pure 1950s – Donna Stone from The Donna Reed Show.
Dropping into the bottom half of the top ten in the number 6 spot is another 1950s icon and real life mother to her television sons as well, Harriet Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Then it's the zany red-head who was the first pregnant woman on television – Lucy Ricardo of I Love Lucy. Harriet and Lucy were also number 6 and 7 in 2008. And, who wouldn't want to have a witch for a mom? Samantha Stevens of Bewitched is on the list this year for the first time at number 8, followed by the blue-collar mom who always seemed to say the things many other moms were thinking, Roseanne Connor of Roseanne, who dropped one spot from 2008. Finally, debuting at number 10 is a reality show mom, Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting.
Dropping off the list from 2008 are two moms who were tied for the number 8 spot: Lorelei Gilmore of Gilmore Girls and everyone's favorite blue haired mom, Marge Simpson of The Simpsons.
This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States April 10 and 15, 2013 among 2,345 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
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The Harris Poll® #25, May 8, 2013
By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll and Public Relations, Harris Interactive
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