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Does Discrimination Explain ‘Pay Gap’ Between Men and Women?

President Joe Biden has urged businesses to close the so-called “pay gap” between male and female employees, but most Americans don’t think discrimination is to blame for women’s lower incomes...

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 34% of American Adults believe differences in pay between men and women are primarily due to discrimination. That finding is down from 39% who blamed discrimination for the “pay gap” in 2018.  Twenty-two percent (22%) attribute pay differences to different levels of experience, while 17% say it's due to different levels of ability. Fifteen percent (15%) think differences in compensation are due to some other factor, while another 12% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 7 and 10, 2022 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.

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