HPU Poll: North Carolinians Say Sexual Harassment is a Serious Problem

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 29, 2017 – The High Point University Poll has found that a very large majority (84 percent) of North Carolinians say that sexual harassment at work in the United States is a serious problem, and 70 percent say the same about sexual harassment at work in North Carolina. 

According to the HPU Poll, 49 percent of North Carolina residents say that sexual harassment is a very serious problem at work in the United States, while 35 percent say it is a somewhat serious problem, for a total of 84 percent. Thirty-two percent of North Carolina residents say that this type of harassment is a very serious problem at work in North Carolina, while 38 percent say it is a somewhat serious problem, for a total of 70 percent.

According to a fall 1993 Carolina Poll, then administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science (IRSS), a total of 77 percent of North Carolinians said that sexual harassment at work was a very or somewhat serious problem at work in the United States. About two-thirds (67 percent) of North Carolina residents said sexual harassment at work was a serious problem in North Carolina.

When examining responses to specific questions, results indicate that people in North Carolina may feel differently now than they did in fall 1993 about the issue.

For example, while almost half (49 percent) of North Carolinians say that sexual harassment at work is a very serious problem in the United States, only 27 percent of those polled in 1993 said the same thing.

“Although this evidence is limited, there appears to be more awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace now than nearly 25 years ago,” says Dr. Martin Kifer, associate professor of political science and director of the HPU Poll. “It remains to be seen whether recent events have prompted a cultural change, but we do see in our data serious concern about this issue.”

 

All adults – Sexual Harassment in North Carolina (November 2017)

Do you think sexual harassment at work in North Carolina is a very serious problem, somewhat serious problem, not very serious problem, or not at all serious problem?

Very serious problem – 32 percent

Somewhat serious problem – 38 percent

Not very serious problem – 15 percent

Not at all serious problem – 5 percent

(Don’t know/Refused) – 10 percent

(HPU Poll, All adult (North Carolina residents) sample surveyed November 10-16, n = 469 and margin of sampling error of approximately = +/- 4.5 percent)

 

All adults – Sexual Harassment in North Carolina (October 1993)

Do you think sexual harassment at work in North Carolina is a very serious problem, somewhat serious problem, not very serious problem, or not at all serious problem? [ASKED OF HALF OF RESPONDENTS]

Very serious problem – 22 percent

Somewhat serious problem – 45 percent

Not very serious problem – 17 percent

Not at all serious problem – 5 percent

(Don’t know/no answer) – 10 percent

(Carolina Poll, All adult (North Carolina residents) sample surveyed October 3 – 7, 1993, n = 292 (HALF SAMPLE) and margin of sampling error of approximately = +/- 5.7 percent)

 

All adults – Sexual Harassment in United States (November 2017)

Do you think sexual harassment at work in the United States is a very serious problem, somewhat serious problem, not very serious problem, or not at all serious problem?

Very serious problem – 49 percent

Somewhat serious problem – 35 percent

Not very serious problem – 12 percent

Not at all serious problem – 2 percent

(Don’t know/Refused) – 2 percent

(HPU Poll, All adult (North Carolina residents) sample surveyed November 10-16, n = 469 and margin of sampling error of approximately = +/- 4.5 percent)

 

All adults – Sexual Harassment in United States (October 1993)

Do you think sexual harassment at work in the United States is a very serious problem, somewhat serious problem, not very serious problem, or not at all serious problem? [ASKED OF HALF OF RESPONDENTS]

Very serious problem – 27 percent

Somewhat serious problem – 50 percent

Not very serious problem – 14 percent

Not at all serious problem – 3 percent

(Don’t know/no answer) – 6 percent

(Carolina Poll, All adult (North Carolina residents) sample surveyed October 3 – 7, 1993, n = 311 (HALF SAMPLE) and margin of sampling error of approximately = +/- 5.6 percent)

 

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Nov. 10-16, 2017. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 469 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The Survey Research Center contracted with Survey Sampling International to acquire this sample. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4.5 percentage points for all adult respondents. The data is weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender, education and race. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/files/2017/11/55memoA.pdf.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent HPU survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

Citation for this particular Carolina Poll study: School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993, “Carolina Poll, Fall 1993”, hdl:1902.29/D-30484, UNC Dataverse, V1. Further results, datasets and methodological details from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Polls are available at https://dataverse.unc.edu/dataverse/carolinapoll 

The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.

You can follow the HPU Poll on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter. Dr. Martin Kifer, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald serves as the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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