HPU Poll: North Carolinians Say Sexual Harassment at Work is a Problem

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2019 – The High Point University Poll has found that a large majority (75%) of North Carolinians said that sexual harassment at work in the United States is a serious problem, and 68% said the same about sexual harassment at work in North Carolina. 

According to the HPU Poll, 39% of North Carolina residents said that sexual harassment is a very serious problem in the United States, while 36% said it is a somewhat serious problem, for a total of 75%. Thirty-one percent of North Carolina residents said this type of harassment is a very serious problem in North Carolina, while 37% said it is a somewhat serious problem, for a total of 68%.

Looking at the North Carolina responses, results indicate that people in North Carolina feel the same about the state as they did when we asked this question in a fall 2017 HPU Poll.

For example, 68% of North Carolinians said that sexual harassment at work is a serious problem in North Carolina, and 70% said the same thing about two years ago.

“This is the second time we have asked these questions of people in North Carolina, and large majorities continue to see sexual harassment in the workplace as a serious problem,” says Dr. Martin Kifer, associate professor of political science and director of the HPU Poll. “It is important to a large enough proportion of people that we’ll check from time to time to see if attitudes have changed one way or the other.”

All adults – Sexual Harassment in North Carolina (September/October 2019)

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 – 31%

Somewhat serious problem – 37%

Not very serious problem – 15%

Not at all serious problem – 4%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 14%

(All adult North Carolina resident phone and online sample, surveyed Sept. 27 – Oct. 4, 2019, n = 1009 and credibility interval of +/- 4%)

All adults – Sexual Harassment in United States (September/October 2019)

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 – 39%

Somewhat serious problem – 36%

Not very serious problem – 13%

Not at all serious problem – 2%

(Don’t know/Refused) – 9%

(All adult North Carolina resident phone and online sample, surveyed Sept. 27 – Oct. 4, 2019, n = 1009 and credibility interval of +/- 4%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Sept. 27 – Oct. 4, 2019 and an online survey fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 1009 adults interviewed online (754 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (255 respondents). The Survey Research Center contracted with Dynata, formerly Research Now SSI: https://www.dynata.com/ to acquire these samples, and fielded the online survey using its Qualtrics platform. This is a combined sample of live phone interviews and online interviews. The online sampling is from a panel of respondents, so their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classical margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 4 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.1 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.3 (based on the weighting). The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity and education level, based on U.S. Census numbers for North Carolina. 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/2019/10/67memoA.pdf.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent 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.

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 is the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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