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43% Say Men, Women Earn Equal Pay, 42% Disagree

Male and female workers continue to disagree over whether they earn equal pay for equal work.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 43% of all Americans who have a job believe men and women generally receive equal pay, down eight points from a survey in July 2004. But almost as many (42%) now disagree and say they are not paid the same.  Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Yet while 55% of employed males say men and women receive equal pay, 66% of females in the work force disagree.

In February 2009, only 37% of men believed women received equal pay, while 78% of women felt otherwise.

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The survey of 459 Employed Adults was conducted on October 27-28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 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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