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NBC/WSJ Poll: 48% of Women Say They've Experienced Harassment at Work

NBC/WSJ Poll: 48&#37 of Women Say They've Experienced Harassment at Work
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By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 11:21 AM

Forty-eight percent of working women in the United States have personally experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or harassment on the job, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday.

The poll also showed that 67 percent of Americans say that there is sexual harassment in most or almost all workplaces.

The survey illustrates how, in the aftermath of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein that led to a deluge of complaints against other high-profile men in other industries, a broad majority of Americans believe workplace sexual harassment is commonplace.

Other results of the poll include:

  • Sixty-two percent of men and 71 percent of women say that workplace sexual harassment is widespread.
  • However, there is a disparity by age among both sexes on this. Sixty-eight percent of men under 50 say workplace sexual harassment is widespread, while only 55 percent of men over 50 say so. Among women under 50 years old, 78 percent say that workplace sexual harassment is widespread, while only 64 percent of women over 50 say so
  • About three-quarters of Democrats and independents, but just 55 percent of Republicans, say sexual harassment happens in most or all workplaces.
  • Forty-one percent of working men say they have personally witnessed the mistreatment of women at work.
  • Fifty-one percent of white women say they've personally experienced harassment, while only 43 percent of non-white women say so.
  • Women under 35 are most likely to have personal experiences with sexual harassment, as 56 percent said it has happened to them. Only 40 percent of those over 55 say the same.
  • Asked if recent press coverage of stories about sexual harassment has made them want to speak out about their own personal experiences, 44 percent of women agreed, with 55 percent of young women saying so.
  • Seventy-seven percent of men say they are now more likely to speak out if they see a woman treated unfairly.
  • Among men, 49 percent say recent stories about sexual harassment have made them think about their own behavior around women, while 48 percent disagree. Age appears to play a big factor in these views, as 54 percent of men under 50 say that they have reconsidered how they interact with women, while just 42 percent of men over 50 say the same.
  • Among Democratic men, 61 percent say they're now thinking about their own behavior, while only 43 percent of independent men and 44 percent of Republican men agree.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted October 23-26 and has an overall margin of error of 3.27 percent. The margin of error for currently employed men is 5.79 percent. The margin of error for currently employed women is 6.02 percent.

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