Americans think stay-at-home parenting should be considered a job

Jamie BallardData Journalist
April 22, 2021, 6:45 PM UTC

Professional networking platform LinkedIn recently announced that it would introduce job titles including “stay-at-home mom” and “stay-at-home dad” for people to add to their profiles to “allow full-time parents and caretakers to more accurately display their roles,” according to a statement from the company.  

Do Americans think stay-at-home parenting should be considered a job? A recent YouGov poll of more than 23,000 people finds that 63% believe “stay-at-home mom” and “stay-at-home dad” should both be considered jobs. Relatively few say that only stay-at-home mom should be considered a job (8%) or that only stay-at-home dad should be considered a job (5%). About one in seven (14%) says neither should be considered a job.   

Among those who are mothers to young children themselves, 61% say both titles should be considered a job. Slightly fewer (48%) fathers agree. Among dads, 15% think only stay-at-home mom should be considered a job title; an equal percentage (15%) hold this belief about stay-at-home dads. A similar percentage (14%) say neither should be considered jobs.  

See full results here.  
 
Related: Seven in ten Americans say both mothers and fathers should get paid parental leave 

Methodology: 23,149 US adults were surveyed between April 12 - 18, 2021. The responding sample is weighted to be representative of the US population.   

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