Poll: Breadwinning Moms Rarely Top Earners By Choice

Only 29 percent of working moms said they wanted the role

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Women may be the top earners in more U.S. households than ever before, but what does that mean for their happiness? A new poll conducted by Working Mother Media has found that a majority of women are ambivalent about their role as the breadwinner of the family.

The researchers found that only 29% of mothers said they wanted the role of primary breadwinner and 71% said they fell into the role by circumstance.

The report says, not surprisingly, that mothers who actively chose to be the top earner of the family were more satisfied than those who did not.

The study surveyed 2,000 working mothers and fathers and, experts say, reflects how many modern women are torn between the responsibilities of raising a family and having a career.