WIRTHLIN GROUP SURVEY: MOST BELIEVE SEX COMPLAINTS WOULD AFFECT A WOMAN'S JOB
WIRTHLIN GROUP SURVEY:
MOST BELIEVE SEX COMPLAINTS WOULD AFFECT A WOMAN'S JOB
NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A huge majority of Americans, both male and female, believe a woman's job would be affected if she complained about sexual harassment in the workplace -- and yet a majority also believe the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill dispute will make complaints more likely.
These were among the findings released today of a special survey conducted this month by The Wirthlin Group, the noted public research company, in its "National Quorum" series.
The survey's results will be among the subjects discussed in a special seminar featuring a panel of experts on sexual harassment to be held on Friday, Nov. 22, for representatives of clients of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., the international public relations/public affairs firm, and other interested companies. The seminar is co-sponsored by the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
The 519 Americans questioned in the nationwide, scientific sampling were asked, "Generally speaking, if a woman is sexually harassed on the job by a supervisor and she chooses to complain to the person about it, do you think the woman's job would be affected or would not be affected by her complaint?"
Ninety percent of women respondents, aged 18 through 54, answered that the woman's job would be affected. Men aged 18 through 34 agreed by 83 percent and men 35 through 54 agreed by 71 percent. (Men and women over 55 also agreed, but only by identical 67 percents.)
Yet, when asked whether the Thomas-Hill confrontation will make women more likely to make complaints of this nature, 61 percent of all Americans said it would and only 18 percent thought it less likely.
Among other survey findings:
-- 34 percent of women and 27 percent of men think the issue of sexual harassment is "very serious;" 52 percent of women and 46 percent of men say it is "somewhat serious."
-- 41 percent of women say they have been sexually harassed; 40 percent say the harassment was verbal, and 17 percent also say it was physical. Only 11 percent of men claimed to have been harassed.
-- Many men, but not a majority, think they may at some time have said or done something that could have been interpreted as sexual harassment, even if it was not so intended. In this group are 30 percent of men over 18, 21 percent of men over 55.
-- 72 percent of those polled believe men and women have fundamentally different opinions on this subject.
/Media representatives wishing to cover the seminar or desiring further information on the survey should CONTACT: Mary Ellen Keating of Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600, for The Wirthlin Group/ CO: The Wirthlin Group ST: New York IN: SU: JT -- NY096 -- 6046 11/21/91 16:14 EST