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Meredith Poll Focuses on Wage Gap

The focus of the spring 2016 Meredith College Poll was perceptions of the wage gap between men and women. The gap between wages paid to men and women for the same job has been an enduring issue in the country. Economists for the Bureau of Labor and other nongovernmental organizations have argued that, even with increased attention to this issue over the last few decades that women continue to earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the same job with comparable performance.

The survey asked North Carolinians about the wage gap, its causes, and potential solutions, including political ones. A great majority (78%) of registered voters indicated that the wage gap between men and women as a significant issue with only 10% of voters saying it was somewhat insignificant or insignificant. When asked about their perceptions of why the wage gap exists, many believed that it was due to overt discrimination against women in the workplace.

Other business-focused questions explored by the poll this year included perceptions of leadership abilities of men and women; the impact of family on women’s leadership; the impact of having children; and whether the country has made most of the changes needed to give women equal rights to men.

Meredith College students administer The Meredith College Poll as part of the College's commitment to civic engagement.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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(919) 760-8087
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