Trends . . .Mothers' attitudes toward work have changed considerably in recent years. Among mothers with children under age 18, the share saying they would prefer to work full time increased from 20% in 2007 to 32% in 2012 …. The public remains conflicted about what is best for children. Among all adults, only 16% say the ideal situation for a young child is to have a mother who works full time. A plurality of adults (42%) say mothers working part time is ideal, and one-third say it's best for young children if their mothers do not work at all outside of the home.
- via Pew Research Center