Gallup: Fewer in U.S. satisfied with treatment of women

Activists march in the streets toward Bryant Park in New York City on August 25, 2019, at the Go Topless Day Parade, which encouraged women to proudly bare their chests in support of gender equality. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

Aug. 13 (UPI) — While slightly more than half of Americans say they’re satisfied with society’s treatment of women, a new survey Thursday showed the share is way down from where it was five years ago — especially among females.

According to the Gallup poll, conducted from June 8 to July 24, 54% of respondents said they’re “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with the treatment of women — a decline of 10% from 2015.

The share is also well below record highs in the upper 60s and low 70s Gallup found between 2001 and 2013.

Gallup’s record low for satisfaction was 53% in 2018.

“Three years after the #MeToo movement brought sexual assault and harassment against women into the open and contributed to a historically large number of women being elected to Congress in 2018, there has been no rebound in Americans’ satisfaction with how women are treated,” Gallup wrote.

The survey showed that more men (62%) are satisfied with the treatment of females than are women (46%). Four years ago, that split was 66%/61%.

Thursday’s poll found significant divides politically; 80% of Republican women and 83% of Republican men said they’re satisfied — compared to 26% and 33% for Democratic women and men, respectively, and 51% and 63% among independents.

“While the slight majority of all Americans are satisfied, this is owing to the majority of men feeling this way versus less than half of women,” Gallup noted. “But there is also a strong partisan aspect to this, with most Republican women satisfied, but not politically independent or Democratic women.”

Gallup polled more than 1,200 U.S. adults for the survey, which has a margin of error between 4 and 5 points. The survey included an oversample of Black adults, weighted to represent racial and ethnic groups proportionately to their share of the U.S. population, the pollster noted.


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