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Fewer Americans Now See Workplace Sexual Harassment As a Serious Problem

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Discussions of sexual harassment and sexual assault still dominate the public and political sphere. Nonetheless, slightly fewer Americans now consider sexual harassment in the workplace a serious problem than they did a year ago, even though the number of instances hasn’t changed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of American Adults think sexual harassment in the workplace is at least a somewhat serious problem today, including 32% who see it as a Very Serious problem. That’s down from this time last year when 76% considered it a serious problem, with 34% who said it was Very Serious.

Just 28% now say sexual harassment at work is not a serious problem, with only seven percent (7%) who say it’s Not At All Serious, though that’s still up slightly from 21% and three percent (3%), respectively, last October. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 9-10, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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