Thursday, June 09, 2011
Working Americans are more skeptical than ever that men and women are equally paid for comparable work, but there remains a wide difference of opinion between the sexes on the question.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 588 Working Adults finds that 38% believe men and women generally receive equal pay for equal work, but 54% disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Working Americans were more evenly divided on the question in October of last year: 43% said men and women receive equal pay, while 42% disagreed. Fifty-one percent (51%) of workers felt the two earned equal pay back in July 2004.
Only 20% of female workers say men and women receive equal pay, down six points from October, a view shared by 54% of men. Seventy-one percent (71%) of women say they don’t receive the same pay as their male counterparts for comparable work, but just 39% of men agree. Still, the latter figure is up 16 points from the previous survey.
Twenty-three percent (23%) of all working Americans say they know someone who has been denied a job, a promotion or a pay increase because of their gender. That's unchanged from October. Sixty-four percent (64%) do not know someone who has experienced such discrimination, down 10 points from the earlier survey. Twelve percent (12%) now are not sure.
The survey of 588 Employed Adults was conducted on June 3-4, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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