Women now make up almost half of the workforce, but many Americans aren’t ready for a female boss.
A recent Gallup poll found that pluralities of both men and women would choose to work under a male instead of a female if they were given the choice.
Americans as a whole prefer a male to a female boss by 35 percent to 23 percent. About four in 10 Americans stated no gender preference at all.
Surprisingly, women are even more adamant than men about having a male as their superior.
According to the survey, women respondents favored having a man as the office head over having a woman leader by a 13-point margin.
The majority of men, on the other hand, did not care if their boss was a male or female. However, those who did have a preference were more likely to choose a male as their boss by an 11-point margin.
Democrats were largely ambivalent about whether their boss was a male or a female. Pluralities of Republicans and independents didn’t care about their boss’ gender, but most of those who had a preference wanted a man.
Thirty percent of independents wanted a man as a boss compared to 20 percent who preferred to have a woman in charge.
The gap between Republicans who had a preference was even wider, with 40 percent responding they wanted a man as a boss and only 16 percent who preferred a woman.
When Gallup first asked this question in 1953, 66 percent of Americans preferred a male boss, while just 5 percent wanted to work for a woman.
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