Poll: 60 percent of American women say they have experienced sexual harassment

Poll: 60 percent of American women say they have experienced sexual harassment
In a new poll, 60 percent of the women surveyed said they have experienced sexual harassment, while 20 percent of men said they have experienced sexual harassment. The #MeToo hashtag campaign encourages women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)

A majority of American women voters say they’ve experienced sexual harassment, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

What did the poll find?

According to the poll, 60 percent of those surveyed said they have experienced sexual harassment.

Among the women who said they have been harassed, 69 percent said they’ve been harassed at work, 43 percent said they’ve been harassed in social settings; 45 percent said they’ve been harassed on the street and 15 percent said the harassment took place at home.

Meanwhile, 20 percent of the male voters surveyed said they have experienced sexual harassment.

The vast majority of respondents of both genders — 88 percent of men and 89 percent of women — said sexual harassment of women is “a serious problem.” A majority of voters — 59 percent — also said sexual harassment of men is a serious problem.

What does it mean?

The poll comes amid a wave of sexual harassment or assault allegations against men who wield influence in their industries, including journalist Charlie Rose, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, as well as Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.).

Asked specifically about the allegations against Moore — including sexual misconduct toward a 14-year old girl — 60 percent of voters said that if he is elected to the Senate, the body should vote to expel him.

“A vast majority of American men and women are deeply troubled by sexual harassment and the numbers underscore why. A stunning six in 10 women say they have been victimized,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. “Roy Moore may make it to the Senate chambers, but an overwhelming majority of American voters would like to rip the welcome mat out from under him and send him packing back to Alabama.”

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,415 voters nationwide from Nov. 15-20.

(H/T: The Hill)