Like mother, like child: three in four Americans admit they’re a “mini-me” version of their moms. 

Our online study of 2,000 adults ahead of Mother’s Day revealed that 73% feel like their moms because they share many of the same qualities. Almost a fifth of all adults say they’re the “complete opposite” of their mothers. 

Survey-takers listed the similarities and differences they share with their mothers.

  • Seven in 10 of all adults said they have similar personalities (72%)
  • Humor (51%),
  • Hobbies (51%),
  • Parenting styles (50%)
  • Political views (48%)

Career choices were among some of the differences respondents had with their moms (49%). However, 42% even went into the same career field as their mother. Other contrasts were music taste (49%) and movie/TV preferences (47%). 

Despite any differences, two-thirds credit their moms for influencing them into the person they are today (67%). 

Respondents clearly appreciate their moms, with 76% saying they still seek their mother’s advice and call her an average of four times per week. 

People were also asked to name a celebrity mother – past or present – who reminds them the most of their own mom

The answers ranged from Queen Elizabeth II to TV journalist Barbara Walters, late actress and “The Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur to “The Cosby Show” star Phylicia Rashad and ‘70s icon Farrah Fawcett

The mothers who were surveyed, on the other hand, identified the most with these trending mom celebrities: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, Ciara and Adele.

Additionally, all respondents were asked to select from a list of current celebrity moms who they thought reminded them of their mothers. 

The top 10 celeb moms from the list include:

  1. Former first lady Michelle Obama (9%)
  2. Jennifer Lopez (8%)
  3. Jessica Alba (8%)
  4. Angelina Jolie (8%)
  5. Madonna (7%)
  6. Serena Williams (7%)
  7. Adele (7%)
  8. Beyoncé (7%)
  9. Olivia Munn (7%)
  10. Mariah Carey (6%).

Online survey with 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll from April 12th to 13th 2022. As members of AAPOR – the American Association for Public Opinion Research, OnePoll researchers adhere to the principles and actions set out in the AAPOR Code.

Infographic summarizing research results from a OnePoll online survey about Mother's Day