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51 percent of dads would quit their jobs to stay home with kids

According to a "Today" survey, 75 percent of

According to a "Today" survey, 75 percent of dads say fatherhood is 'the most important job.' (Credit: iStock)

Fifty-one percent of dads would quit their jobs to stay at home with the kids if they could afford it. In fact, 75 percent of dads call fatherhood their "most important job," according to the NBC "Today" Modern Dads Survey.

"Today" surveyed 2,000 moms and dads to find out what modern dads are really about. And boy, times are changing. More than half (54 percent) of dads today say they change diapers (only 37 percent say their own fathers did). The survey also found 31 percent of dads do most of the grocery shopping and 26 percent say preparing meals is their job.

Other key findings:

- 73 percent of dads said "a real man knows how to express emotional support to his children."

- 33 percent of dads struggle to balance work and family life, compared to 26 percent of moms.

- 51 percent of dads say it's possible to "have it all," compared to 54 percent of moms.

- 21 percent of dads say they often feel criticized for not doing childcare tasks the way their wives do.

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