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Better If Man Works And Woman Takes Care Of Family

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(Now I'm going to read several more statements. As I read each one, please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with it.)... It is much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




(Now I'm going to read several more statements. As I read each one, please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with it.)...It is much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family.
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2010, [Mar, 2010]




(Now I'm going to read several more statements. As I read each one, please tell me whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with it.)...It is much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family.
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2008, [Apr, 2008]



Equality In Hiring, Promotions, Advancement

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(Now I'm going to read you some things that some people might say about name of House incumbent. After I read each one, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about name of House incumbent.)...Name of House incumbent opposes requiring equal pay for equal work for women, allowing employers to escape being penalized when they pay men a higher salary than women which makes it tough on working women and families.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form D one-quarter sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




Where you work, do women have greater opportunities than men for promotion or advancement to top executive and professional positions, do women have fewer opportunities than men, or do men and women have about the same opportunities for promotion or advancement?
%
8     Women have greater opportunities than men
14     Women have fewer opportunities than men
73     Men and women have about the same opportunities
4     Not applicable (Vol.)
1     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of those employed (60%)
Pew Research Center Higher Education and Gender Survey, [Oct, 2013]




(As you may know women earn less money, on average, than men. Please tell me whether you think each of the following is a major reason, a minor reason or not a reason why women earn less then men.) Men and women...are treated differently by employers?
Pew Research Center Higher Education and Gender Survey, [Oct, 2013]



Equal Pay For Equal Work

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(Now I'm going to read you some things that some people might say about name of House incumbent. After I read each one, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about name of House incumbent.)...Name of House incumbent opposes requiring equal pay for equal work for women, allowing employers to escape being penalized when they pay men a higher salary than women which makes it tough on working women and families.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form D one-quarter sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




What about where you work? Do you think women are paid more, less or about the same as men for doing the same job?
Note: Asked of those employed (60%)
Pew Research Center Higher Education and Gender Survey, [Oct, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you some things people are saying about Obamacare. After I read each one, please tell me whether it makes you much more supportive of Obamacare, somewhat more supportive, a little more supportive, no more supportive, or less supportive of Obamacare.)...Working women struggle with pay that doesn't keep up with prices and managing the demands of work and children. We should make sure women get equal pay for equal work, raise the minimum wage, expand child care, make sure working parents can care for kids and finally, make sure they have affordable health insurance. Now, women will be sure of having health insurance and health services they can afford--and that is critical for working women.
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form H half sample
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Oct, 2013]



Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace

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Have you ever been discriminated against at work because of your gender, or has this never happened to you?
Note: Asked of those employed or who have ever worked (97%)
Pew Research Center Higher Education and Gender Survey, [Oct, 2013]




Did this (when you were discriminated against at work because of your gender) have a negative impact on your career, or not?
Note: Asked of those who are employed or have ever worked and have ever been discriminated against at work because of their gender (14% of those employed/ever worked)
Pew Research Center Higher Education and Gender Survey, [Oct, 2013]




Now I am going to read you a short paragraph about policies and actions by Republicans in Congress. After I read this paragraph, I will ask you questions about your reactions. Republicans in Congress recently attempted to allow employers to discriminate against women by denying health care coverage for birth control for any reason. The Republican majority in Congress proposed slashing 810 billion dollars over the next 10 years from Medicare and Medicaid that many women rely on for their health care, cut funding for job training programs and education nearly in half and opposed a law cracking down on employers who pay women less than men for the same job. Does this paragraph raise very serious doubts about supporting Republicans, serious doubts, minor doubts or no real doubts about supporting Republicans?
Sample: Likely voters in Republican/Democratic held battleground districts
Note: Asked of Form B half sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Mar, 2012]



Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Recently (2012) presidential (election) candidate Herman Cain has been battling claims that he sexually harassed four women more than a decade ago. Cain says the claims are false....How would you rate the job Herman Cain has done responding to the allegations--excellent, good, only fair or poor?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2011]




Do you think sexual harassment of women in the workplace is a problem in this country or not?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Nov, 2011]




Is it (sexual harassment of women in the workplace) a serious problem, or not serious?
Note: Asked of those who said sexual harassment of women in the workplace is a problem in this country (64%)
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Nov, 2011]



Women In Politics

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Tell me if you agree or disagree with this statement: Most men are better suited emotionally for politics than are most women.
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




(Recently (2012) presidential (election) candidate Herman Cain has been battling claims that he sexually harassed four women more than a decade ago. Cain says the claims are false.)...Based on what you know, do you believe the women making the accusations against Herman Cain are more likely to be motivated by politics, by the possibility of financial gain, or are they simply motivated by a desire for fairness?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2011]




Tell me if you agree or disagree with this statement: Most men are better suited emotionally for politics than are most women.
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2010, [Mar, 2010]



Work and Family

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(As you may know women earn less money, on average, than men. Please tell me whether you think each of the following is a major reason, a minor reason or not a reason why women earn less then men.) Men and women...make different choices about how to balance work and family?
Pew Research Center Higher Education and Gender Survey, [Oct, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you some things people are saying about Obamacare. After I read each one, please tell me whether it makes you much more supportive of Obamacare, somewhat more supportive, a little more supportive, no more supportive, or less supportive of Obamacare.)...Working women struggle with pay that doesn't keep up with prices and managing the demands of work and children. We should make sure women get equal pay for equal work, raise the minimum wage, expand child care, make sure working parents can care for kids and finally, make sure they have affordable health insurance. Now, women will be sure of having health insurance and health services they can afford--and that is critical for working women.
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form H half sample
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Oct, 2013]




Now let me read you some short statements about improving work and economic security for working families in the United States. Please tell me which on you think should be the biggest priority for the federal government to focus on....Ensure work and family balance by enacting policies that allow working parents to support their families and care for their children. Ensure that women get equal pay for equal work by passing paycheck fairness legislation and raising the minimum wage. Increase access to affordable, high quality childcare for working mothers and families, including high quality preschools for low income families.
%
36     Ensure work and family balance by enacting policies that allow working parents to support their families and care for their children
29     Ensure that women get equal pay for equal work by passing paycheck fairness legislation and raising the minimum wage
20     Increase access to affordable, high quality childcare for working mothers and families, including high quality preschools for low income families
6     All (Vol.)
6     None (Vol.)
2     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Jul, 2013]



From the Archives


(As you may know, though women have moved into the work force in great numbers, very few top level executive and professional positions in this country are filled by women. There may be many reasons that there are so few women in these positions. Here is a list of some of possible reasons. For each one, please tell me whether you think it is a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why.) Women are less likely than men to have more senior person who will take them under their wing and help their careers.
Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard Gender Poll, [Aug, 1997]




Today's moms are much less likely to stay at home during their children's school years than in the past and more likely to be working outside the home. Overall, do you think this trend has done more harm than good, more good than harm, or is it mixed?
Playing Their Parts: Parental Involvement in Public Schools Survey, [Dec, 1998]




(We're just about to the end of the interview now, I just have a few more situations I'd like you to imagine yourself in.) Imagine you have a good job that pays very well, but your boss often touches you in personal ways that make you very uncomfortable. Telling him you're uncomfortable doesn't change the way he acts, so what do you do next? Would you try to put up with it, would you quit your job, or would you file a complaint against your boss?
Note: Asked of women
Great American TV Poll #4, [Feb, 1991]




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answered Being a stay-at-home mom when asked "Which do you think is tougher?...Being a stay-at-home mom, being a working mom"
Fox News Poll, [Apr, 2012]


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