Most Americans believe motherhood is a woman's most important job 

This will undoubtedly come as a shock to some on Mother's Day 2011 but a clear majority of Americans continue to believe that motherhood is a woman's highest calling.

That's according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey, which found that 63 percent of its respondents rated motherhood at the top:

"A majority of adults, 63 percent, continue to believe that being a mother is the most important job for a woman in today’s world. This figure is virtually unchanged from last year and has remained constant over the past several years. Twenty-four percent disagree, and 13 percent are not sure," Rasmussen said.

Curiously, however, Mother's Day doesn't rank among the most important holidays, judging by Rasmussen's responses:

"Just 31 percent of Americans rate Mother’s Day as one of the nation's most important holidays," Rasmussen said.

"Five percent rank it among the least important holidays, but most, 61 percent, say it is somewhere in between the two. That’s roughly in line with previous surveys this time a year," the pollster said.

"Regardless of the holiday's ranking, most of those whose mothers are still alive plan to honor her in one way or another," he said. "Sixty-three percent plan to visit Mom today, while another 33% intend to call. Just four percent will do neither."

For more from Rasmussen, including the questions, go here.

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