A tale of two charts.
Sexual misconduct allegations have rocked Hollywood, the media, and Capitol Hill this week. These high-profile accusations — from Charlie Rose to Sen. Al Franken to Rep. John Conyers — reveal systemic problems within these fields.
And voters think those industries — but not their own workplaces — are where the problem of sexual harassment is most prevalent. A Politico/Morning Consult Poll, which asked voters about the recent allegations against Franken and Roy Moore, also surveyed Americans to gauge their perceptions about sexual harassment in the workplace across industries.
Hollywood led, with 59 percent of voters saying harassment represented a big problem in the entertainment industry. The federal government came in second, with 43 percent, and the news media next, with 36 percent. Other political fields, such as local and state government, also got a third of votes. (The poll surveyed 2,586 registered American voters from November 16 to 18.)
But voters were less likely to see the problems as close to home: When they were asked about their own workplace (presumably representing a slew of different industries) only 16 percent of respondents said harassment or misconduct was a problem.
This finding — a sort of “anywhere but here” perception — likely speaks more to the insidious cycle of sexual harassment and silence. It also suggests most Americans don’t understand that sexual harassment is a prevailing problem.
A recent revealing study from the Center for American Progress analyzed harassment claims across the workforce, and it found it’s not just a problem in prestigious, high-profile fields.
As Vox’s Emily Stewart wrote about the study:
The accommodation and food services industry, which includes restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and other hospitality establishments, accounted for 14.2 percent of sexual harassment claims Read More Here