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Americans' assessment of sexual harassment of women as a problem 1998 and 2017

This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in the United States in 1998 and in 2017 on sexual harassment. The respondents were asked if, in light of the number of women facing sexual harassment at the workplace, they think that sexual harassment was a major problem or a minor problem. During the survey in 1998, 50 percent of respondents stated they think that sexual harassment is a major problem. In 2017, 69 percent of respondents stated the same.

Would you say sexual harassment these days is a major problem or a minor problem?

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Source

Release date

November 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

March 20-22, 1998 and October 30-31, 2017

Number of respondents

1,012*

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The source worded the original question as follows: "In terms of the number of women who face sexual harassment in the workplace, would you say sexual harassment these days is – a major problem or a minor problem?"

Missing percentage points to 100 percent are due to respondents stating "no opinion".

* Female respondents in 2017: n=454
Male respondents in 2017: 558.
The source does not specify the share of male and female respondents in 1998.

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