​CBS News asks: How often should you call your mother?

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How often should you call your mom? According to half of all Americans, once a week isn't enough.

Nearly half of Americans think an adult child should call their mom at least a few times a week, including nearly a quarter who think they should call their mom daily, according to a news CBS News poll for "Sunday Morning."

Thirty-five percent think once a week is enough, though just 12% think it's okay to call your mom once a month or less.

These results were similar when we asked this question a year ago.


How Often Should an Adult Child Call Their Mom?

NowA year ago
At least once a day24%27%
A few times a week2423
At least once a week3535
Once a month or less1214


Moms of children under 18 who may be looking forward to that day their children will call are even more insistent -- 33% think adult children should call their mom at least once a day.


How Often Should an Adult Child Call Their Mom?

TotalMoms with kids <18
At least once a day24%33%
A few times a week2426
At least once a week3531
Once a month or less129

This poll was conducted by telephone April 8-12, 2016 among a random sample of 1,020 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, Pa. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers.

The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures which enlarge sampling error slightly.

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.