There is a
clear gender gap in perceptions of opportunities for and bias against women
working in science. Fully 72% of men agree that women have the same
opportunities as men to succeed in science, compared to 62% of women. Meanwhile,
women (64%) are more likely than men (52%) to agree that women working in
science experience bias based on their gender.
About the study
The National Agenda Opinion Project research was funded by the
University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication (CPC) and the
William P. Frank Foundation. The study was supervised by the CPC’s Director,
Paul Brewer, a professor in the Departments of Communication and Political
Science & International Relations.
Results are based on telephone interviews with a representative national
sample of 900 adult U.S. residents. Telephone interviews were conducted by
landline (450) and cell phone (450, including 253 without a landline phone). The
survey was conducted under supervision of the Center for Political Communication
by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The data were collected
from July 6-13, 2016. Statistical results are weighted to correct known
demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of
weighted data is ± 4.2 percentage points.
Readers should be aware that in addition to sampling error,
question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce
error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.
Please contact Paul Brewer at (302) 831-7771 for
more details about the survey’s methodology.