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MSN polling: state-by-state look at workplace sexual harassment

  • 1/ Mihai Surdu

    MSN polling: state-by-state look at workplace sexual harassment

    Recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, news, politics and other industries have brought a new level of exposure to workplace harassment in 2017. But as allegations build against central industry figures like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Roy Moore, it remains to be seen how these high-profile accusations will translate into meaningful changes for everyday Americans.

    In an effort to help understand how sexual harassment varies from state-to-state, MSN conducted a poll that asked readers across the country whether they had experienced or witnessed sexual harassment at work, paired with questions on their perspective on employer efforts to curb harassment. Raw results of the MSN Poll results were analyzed to model how demographic groups answered each question from which answers are modeled and then projected onto the true distribution of the demographic groups. The method was tested in the 2016 election and proven to be as accurate as other polling methods - more details on MSN polling methodology can be found here.

    The following helps offer a state-by-state look at the prevalence of sexual harassment around the country, ordered by the projected percentage within each state that had indicated they have been sexually harassed at work.

     

     

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    #51: North Dakota

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 25.5%; No - 74.5%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 32.7%; No - 67.3%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 24.1%; No - 43.2%; I don't know - 32.7%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 18.8%; They've acted appropriately - 47.0%; They've gone too far - 8.9%; I'm not sure - 25.3%

    North Dakota showed the lowest workplace sexual harassment rates in the country for nearly all facets of the poll. About one-in-four of in the state express they had experienced sexual harassment at work while one-in-three said they have witnessed it. Relative to other states and Washington D.C., North Dakota was shown to have the largest percentage who rate their employers efforts against sexual harassment as appropriate (47%).

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    #50: Mississippi

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 26.5%; No - 73.5%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 33.8%; No - 66.2%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 26.1%; No - 40.8%; I don't know - 33.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 20.1%; They've acted appropriately - 45.9%; They've gone too far - 8.1%; I'm not sure - 25.9%

    Mississippi had the second-lowest levels of personally-experienced workplace sexual harassment among polled states, at 26.5%, while two-thirds indicated they had not witnessed sexual harassment at their own workplace.

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    #49: Alabama

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 27.3%; No - 72.7%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 33.2%; No - 66.8%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 26.1%; No - 42.1%; I don't know - 31.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 18.6%; They've acted appropriately - 46.5%; They've gone too far - 8.5%; I'm not sure - 26.4%

    In Roy Moore’s home state, where the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice accused of sexual misconduct with young girls was recently defeated in his bid for a Senate seat, 27.3% of people said they have been sexually harassed at work.

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    #48: Tennessee

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.0%; No - 72.0%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 35.3%; No - 64.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.2%; No - 39.6%; I don't know - 32.2%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 21.1%; They've acted appropriately - 44.9%; They've gone too far - 7.8%; I'm not sure - 26.2%

    In Tennessee, 28% of people said they had been personally sexually harassed at work while 35.3% indicated they had witnessed workplace harassment.

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    #47: Wyoming

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.0%; No - 72.0%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 36.9%; No - 63.1%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.2%; No - 40.0%; I don't know - 30.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 22.8%; They've acted appropriately - 45.8%; They've gone too far - 9.2%; I'm not sure - 22.2%

    Wyoming was in the bottom five of all states for workplace sexual harassment in the country according to those polled, at 28%. 36.9% of residents said they have witnessed harassment at work and 29.2% have a friend or spouse who has experienced it personally.

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    #46: Kentucky

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.3%; No - 71.7%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 36.6%; No - 63.4%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.8%; No - 38.1%; I don't know - 32.1%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 22.4%; They've acted appropriately - 44.0%; They've gone too far - 7.5%; I'm not sure - 26.1%

    Kentucky also sees fewer incidents of workplace sexual harassment: 28.3% of residents said they had been harassed and 29.8% know a friend or spouse who has experienced harassment. About 36% have witnessed sexual harassment at work.

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    #45: Missouri

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.8%; No - 71.2%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 35.9%; No - 64.1%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.2%; No - 40.0%; I don't know - 31.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 21.2%; They've acted appropriately - 44.8%; They've gone too far - 8.1%; I'm not sure - 25.9%

    28.8% of Missouri results indicated personal sexual harassment at work. The state has one of the higher percentages of confidence in employers’ efforts to address sexual harassment (45%), while 21% think their companies haven’t done enough.

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    #44: South Dakota

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.8%; No - 71.2%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 37.1%; No - 62.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.1%; No - 38.5%; I don't know - 32.4%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 23.1%; They've acted appropriately - 43.8%; They've gone too far - 7.5%; I'm not sure - 25.6%

    In South Dakota, 28.8% of people said they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace while 37.1% have witnessed it. 44% said they believe their employers have acted appropriately in response to sexual harassment.

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    #43: Kansas

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.9%; No - 71.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 36.7%; No - 63.3%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.8%; No - 39.1%; I don't know - 32.1%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 22.4%; They've acted appropriately - 44.2%; They've gone too far - 7.7%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    Kansas showed the 9th-lowest rate of sexual harassment personally experienced among all states at 28.9%, while 28.8% responded that a friend or spouse has been sexually harassed at work.

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    #42: Nebraska

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.0%; No - 71.0%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 37.2%; No - 62.8%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.4%; No - 38.6%; I don't know - 32.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 22.8%; They've acted appropriately - 43.9%; They've gone too far - 7.5%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    29% of Nebraskans responded that they had experienced sexual harassment at work. In the Cornhusker State, 43.9% of people feel their companies have acted appropriately in response to sexual harassment while 22.8% feel they haven’t done enough.

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    #41: Pennsylvania

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.3%; No - 70.7%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 37.3%; No - 62.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.9%; No - 37.4%; I don't know - 32.7%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 27.1%; They've acted appropriately - 39.9%; They've gone too far - 6.2%; I'm not sure - 26.7%

    While Pennsylvania registered in the lowest fifth for those who had experienced sexual harassment at work, it also had the 6th worst rank in terms of those who felt their employer's efforts against sexual harassment were appropriate.

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    #40: New Hampshire

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.6%; No - 70.4%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.3%; No - 61.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.6%; No - 36.6%; I don't know - 32.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.6%; They've acted appropriately - 44.3%; They've gone too far - 6.2%; I'm not sure - 24.8%

    New Hampshire respondents indicated that 29.6% had personally experienced workplace sexual harassment while 38.8% had witnessed such harassment.

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    #39: Iowa

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.9%; No - 70.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.8%; No - 61.2%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.3%; No - 36.5%; I don't know - 32.2%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.7%; They've acted appropriately - 42.4%; They've gone too far - 7.0%; I'm not sure - 25.9%

    29.9% of Iowa respondents reported they had been sexually harassed. 42% said their employer acted appropriately in efforts to address sexual harassment.

     

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    #38: Indiana

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.1%; No - 69.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.8%; No - 61.2%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.2%; No - 37.5%; I don't know - 32.3%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.9%; They've acted appropriately - 42.0%; They've gone too far - 7.4%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    In Indiana, 30% said they had been sexually harassed at work. Just under 40% of people have witnessed sexual harassment and 30% have a friend or spouse who has experienced it personally.

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    #37: South Carolina

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.1%; No - 69.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 36.2%; No - 63.8%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 28.4%; No - 39.5%; I don't know - 32.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 22.7%; They've acted appropriately - 43.7%; They've gone too far - 7.8%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    Three in ten poll respondents report being sexually harassed in the workplaces of South Carolina. 

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    #36: Wisconsin

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.1%; No - 69.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.8%; No - 61.2%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.0%; No - 37.5%; I don't know - 32.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.7%; They've acted appropriately - 42.3%; They've gone too far - 7.4%; I'm not sure - 25.6%

    In Wisconsin 30.1% of people said they have been sexually harassed at work, 38.8% have witnessed it, and 30% have a spouse or friend who has experienced it. 42% of residents feel their employers’ work to address sexual harassment has been appropriate, but a quarter disagreed, stating their companies haven’t done enough.

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    #35: Delaware

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.1%; No - 69.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.6%; No - 61.4%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.4%; No - 35.7%; I don't know - 33.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.9%; They've acted appropriately - 38.5%; They've gone too far - 5.8%; I'm not sure - 26.8%

    Polls indicated 30% of Delaware of residents had been sexually harassed. When it comes to employers' efforts to address misconduct, 38% said they’ve acted appropriately compared to 29% who said they haven’t done enough.

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    #34: Maine

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.1%; No - 69.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.1%; No - 60.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.4%; No - 35.4%; I don't know - 33.2%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 26.1%; They've acted appropriately - 43.1%; They've gone too far - 5.9%; I'm not sure - 24.9%

    30.1% of Maine respondents experienced workplace sexual harassment. Just under 40% of residents have witnessed sexual harassment at work. Maine law requires that all public and private employers with 15 or more employees provide sexual harassment training.

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    #33: Montana

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.2%; No - 69.8%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.3%; No - 61.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.4%; No - 38.8%; I don't know - 29.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 23.2%; They've acted appropriately - 45.0%; They've gone too far - 9.1%; I'm not sure - 22.7%

    In Montana, 30.2% of people said they have been sexually harassed at work and 38.3% have witnessed it.

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    #32: Arkansas

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.2%; No - 69.8%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 37.5%; No - 62.5%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 29.5%; No - 38.5%; I don't know - 32.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 22.5%; They've acted appropriately - 44.0%; They've gone too far - 7.7%; I'm not sure - 25.9%

    30.2% of Arkansas respondents said they have been sexually harassed at work. 30% also reported knowing a friend or spouse who had been sexually harassed and 37% had witnessed it themselves.

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    #31: Minnesota

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.4%; No - 69.6%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.3%; No - 60.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.9%; No - 36.2%; I don't know - 31.9%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.5%; They've acted appropriately - 42.5%; They've gone too far - 7.2%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    Polling showed 30.4% of the state’s residents have experienced workplace sexual harassment. Minnesota Democrat Al Franken recently stepped down from the Senate amid allegations of sexual harassment by eight different women.

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    #30: Utah

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.4%; No - 69.6%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.0%; No - 62.0%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.1%; No - 39.9%; I don't know - 29.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 21.6%; They've acted appropriately - 46.1%; They've gone too far - 9.4%; I'm not sure - 22.8%

    In Utah 38% of people said they have witnessed workplace sexual harassment and 30.4% experienced it directly. 

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    #29: Oklahoma

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.4%; No - 69.6%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.1%; No - 61.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.1%; No - 37.7%; I don't know - 32.2%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 23.2%; They've acted appropriately - 43.6%; They've gone too far - 7.5%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    Oklahoma results showed 30.4% had been sexually harassed at work while a full 38.1% had witnessed sexual harassment.

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    #28: West Virginia

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.6%; No - 69.4%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.1%; No - 60.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.4%; No - 35.8%; I don't know - 32.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 26.7%; They've acted appropriately - 41.1%; They've gone too far - 6.7%; I'm not sure - 25.5%

    Just under 31% of West Virginia residents said they have experienced workplace sexual harassment. Attitudes about how employers handle the issue vary: 41% described their companies’ response as appropriate, 27% as insufficient, 7% as going too far, and 25% weren’t sure.

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    #27: Michigan

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.7%; No - 69.3%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.1%; No - 60.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.7%; No - 36.9%; I don't know - 32.4%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 25.4%; They've acted appropriately - 41.5%; They've gone too far - 7.4%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    Michigan made headlines recently when its Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. — Congress’ longest-serving member — resigned over sexual harassment allegations. In the state’s workplaces, 30.7% of people said they have been sexually harassed.

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    #26: Idaho

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.8%; No - 69.2%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.7%; No - 61.3%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.9%; No - 38.6%; I don't know - 29.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 23.2%; They've acted appropriately - 45.0%; They've gone too far - 9.0%; I'm not sure - 22.8%

    In Idaho, 38.7% of people said they have witnessed workplace sexual harassment while 30.8% have experienced it personally. 

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    #25: Vermont

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.9%; No - 69.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 41.8%; No - 58.2%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 34.1%; No - 32.0%; I don't know - 33.9%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.2%; They've acted appropriately - 41.0%; They've gone too far - 5.0%; I'm not sure - 24.8%

    Polling found that 30.9% of Vermont residents said they have been sexually harassed at work and nearly 42% have witnessed misconduct. 

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    #24: New Jersey

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.9%; No - 69.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.7%; No - 60.3%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.5%; No - 34.3%; I don't know - 33.1%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.9%; They've acted appropriately - 37.9%; They've gone too far - 5.5%; I'm not sure - 26.7%

    New Jersey results showed nearly 31% had been sexually harassed at work while only 37.9% think their employers have acted appropriately to curb harassment.

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    #23: Ohio

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.9%; No - 69.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 40.0%; No - 60.0%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.6%; No - 36.0%; I don't know - 32.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 26.4%; They've acted appropriately - 40.9%; They've gone too far - 6.9%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    In Ohio 30.9% of people answered to having been sexually harassed at work while 40% haved witnessed it. 32% indicated knowing a spouse or friend who had experienced workplace sexual harassment.

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    #22: Maryland

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.0%; No - 69.0%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.5%; No - 60.5%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.5%; No - 34.9%; I don't know - 32.6%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.4%; They've acted appropriately - 38.2%; They've gone too far - 5.6%; I'm not sure - 26.8%

    For Maryland, 38% said they felt their employers’ efforts to address misconduct had been appropriate, while 29% felt those efforts had been insufficient.

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    #21: New York

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.0%; No - 69.0%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.4%; No - 60.6%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.3%; No - 34.6%; I don't know - 33.1%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.8%; They've acted appropriately - 37.9%; They've gone too far - 5.6%; I'm not sure - 26.7%

    In New York 31% of people said they have been sexually harassed at work and nearly 40% have witnessed sexual harassment at work. 

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    #20: Connecticut

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.2%; No - 68.8%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 40.7%; No - 59.3%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 33.3%; No - 33.3%; I don't know - 33.4%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.0%; They've acted appropriately - 41.7%; They've gone too far - 5.4%; I'm not sure - 24.9%

    About 31% of those in Connecticut — a state where all companies with 50 or more employees are legally required to provide sexual harassment training — had experienced workplace sexual harassment and 40% have witnessed it.

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    #19: Georgia

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.2%; No - 68.8%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 38.0%; No - 62.0%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 30.6%; No - 37.9%; I don't know - 31.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 23.9%; They've acted appropriately - 42.9%; They've gone too far - 7.4%; I'm not sure - 25.8%

    Georgia polls showed 31.2% had been sexually harassed at work while 38% had witnessed harassment.

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    #18: Florida

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.4%; No - 68.6%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.7%; No - 60.3%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.3%; No - 35.1%; I don't know - 32.7%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 27.3%; They've acted appropriately - 40.5%; They've gone too far - 6.5%; I'm not sure - 25.7%

    In Florida 31.4% of people said they have experienced workplace sexual harassment, close to 40% have witnessed it, and 32% have a friend or spouse who has experienced it. 

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    #17: North Carolina

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.5%; No - 68.5%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.2%; No - 60.8%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.9%; No - 36.1%; I don't know - 32.0%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 25.8%; They've acted appropriately - 41.6%; They've gone too far - 6.9%; I'm not sure - 25.7%

    In North Carolina, 31.5% of people said they had experienced workplace sexual harassment and close to 40% have witnessed it. 

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    #16: Massachusetts

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.6%; No - 68.4%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 41.5%; No - 58.5%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 34.1%; No - 32.5%; I don't know - 33.4%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.5%; They've acted appropriately - 41.2%; They've gone too far - 5.2%; I'm not sure - 25.1%

    Just under 32% of people in Massachusetts indicated they experienced workplace sexual harassment and 42% have witnessed it.

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    #15: Texas

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.6%; No - 68.4%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.4%; No - 60.6%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.0%; No - 36.3%; I don't know - 31.7%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.1%; They've acted appropriately - 42.7%; They've gone too far - 7.2%; I'm not sure - 25.9%

    Polling found that 31.6% of Texans have experienced workplace sexual harassment while nearly 40% witnessed it. A Texas Republican is among those under scrutiny for potential sexual harassment: U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who reportedly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2014 using $84,000 in taxpayer funds.

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    #14: Virginia

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.7%; No - 68.3%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.4%; No - 60.6%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.2%; No - 36.0%; I don't know - 31.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 25.6%; They've acted appropriately - 41.7%; They've gone too far - 7.0%; I'm not sure - 25.7%

    Just under 32% of Virginians said they have been sexually harassed at work, with a similar percentage indicating that a spouse or friend had experienced harassment. 

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    #13: Illinois

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.8%; No - 68.2%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 41.3%; No - 58.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 33.0%; No - 34.3%; I don't know - 32.7%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 27.9%; They've acted appropriately - 39.9%; They've gone too far - 6.5%; I'm not sure - 25.7%

    Just under 32% of Illinois residents reported experiencing workplace sexual harassment and 41% have witnessed it. 

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    #12: Rhode Island

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.9%; No - 68.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 42.2%; No - 57.8%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 35.0%; No - 31.6%; I don't know - 33.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.5%; They've acted appropriately - 40.4%; They've gone too far - 5.0%; I'm not sure - 25.2%

    Polling found that 31.9% of Rhode Island residents said they have been sexually harassed at work and 42% have witnessed it. 40% described their employers’ efforts to address sexual harassment as appropriate while 30% felt they haven’t done enough.

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    #11: Louisiana

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.9%; No - 68.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 39.3%; No - 60.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.7%; No - 36.6%; I don't know - 31.7%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 24.1%; They've acted appropriately - 42.8%; They've gone too far - 7.2%; I'm not sure - 25.9%

    31.9% of Louisiana residents said they have been sexually harassed at work. 43% of people feel confident in their employers’ efforts to address sexual harassment, while 24% disagree and 26% aren’t sure.

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    #10: Arizona

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 31.9%; No - 68.1%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 41.3%; No - 58.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 34.7%; No - 35.0%; I don't know - 30.3%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 27.4%; They've acted appropriately - 42.2%; They've gone too far - 7.7%; I'm not sure - 22.7%

    31.9% of Arizona residents said they had experienced sexual harassment and 41.3% had witnessed it. One of Arizona’s former congressmen, Republican Rep. Trent Franks, resigned earlier this month as the House Ethics Committee announced it was investigating allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

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    #9: Nevada

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.5%; No - 67.5%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 42.9%; No - 57.1%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 36.6%; No - 33.4%; I don't know - 30.1%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.7%; They've acted appropriately - 41.4%; They've gone too far - 7.3%; I'm not sure - 22.6%

    In Nevada, 32.5% of residents indicated they had experienced workplace sexual harassment. 41% said they feel their employers’ efforts to address misconduct are appropriate while 29% feel they have fallen short.

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    #8: Alaska

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 32.5%; No - 67.5%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 42.2%; No - 57.8%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 35.3%; No - 34.1%; I don't know - 30.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 25.4%; They've acted appropriately - 45.0%; They've gone too far - 8.0%; I'm not sure - 21.7%

    According to the poll, 32.5% of Alaska residents said they had been sexually harassed at work while 42.2% indicated they had witnessed harassment. 45% said they believe their employer has acted appropriately in response to sexual harassment.

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    #7: Colorado

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 33.1%; No - 66.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 43.1%; No - 56.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 36.9%; No - 33.6%; I don't know - 29.6%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.0%; They've acted appropriately - 41.9%; They've gone too far - 7.4%; I'm not sure - 22.7%

    33% of Coloradans said they have been sexually harassed at work and 43% have witnessed it. 42% of residents feel their employer has acted appropriately in response while 28% said their employers haven’t done enough.

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    #6: New Mexico

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 33.1%; No - 66.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 43.1%; No - 56.9%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 36.6%; No - 32.9%; I don't know - 30.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.8%; They've acted appropriately - 40.7%; They've gone too far - 6.9%; I'm not sure - 22.6%

    According to the poll, 33.1% of New Mexico residents say they have been sexually harassed at work. 43% have witnessed it and 37% have a spouse or friend who has been sexually harassed at work.

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    #5: Washington, D.C.

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 33.3%; No - 66.7%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 43.6%; No - 56.4%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 36.2%; No - 29.3%; I don't know - 34.5%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 35.3%; They've acted appropriately - 34.5%; They've gone too far - 3.8%; I'm not sure - 26.3%

    The nation’s capital is fifth on this list, with 33.3% of residents saying they have been sexually harassed at work and 43.6% saying they have witnessed it. The poll found a lower confidence there in workplace efforts to address sexual harassment — 35% said their employer hasn’t done enough.

     

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    #4: Oregon

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 34.1%; No - 65.9%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 44.0%; No - 56.0%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 37.6%; No - 31.6%; I don't know - 30.8%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.3%; They've acted appropriately - 42.3%; They've gone too far - 7.0%; I'm not sure - 22.4%

    34.1% of Oregon respondents indicated they had experienced sexual harassment. 44% said they witnessed workplace sexual harassment and 38% have a spouse or friend who experienced it personally.

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    #3: Hawaii

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 34.6%; No - 65.4%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 48.3%; No - 51.7%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 41.2%; No - 25.9%; I don't know - 32.9%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 36.2%; They've acted appropriately - 37.6%; They've gone too far - 4.7%; I'm not sure - 21.5%

    34.6% of Hawaiians indicated they had been sexually harassed at work, the third-highest rate in the country. Close to 50% of Hawaiians said they have also witnessed sexual harassment at work and 41.2% know a friend or spouse who has been sexually harassed.

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    #2: Washington

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 34.7%; No - 65.3%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 44.5%; No - 55.5%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 38.5%; No - 31.1%; I don't know - 30.4%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 28.3%; They've acted appropriately - 42.2%; They've gone too far - 7.2%; I'm not sure - 22.3%

    The state of Washington had the second-highest percentage for those who answered they had been sexually harassed at work. 28.3% of respondents believe their employer has not done enough to address the issue. 

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    #1: California

    Have you been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 35.0%; No - 65.0%

    Have you witnessed sexual harassment at work? Yes - 44.9%; No - 55.1%

    Has a spouse or friend been sexually harassed at work? Yes - 38.8%; No - 30.6%; I don't know - 30.6%

    How would you rate your employer's efforts against sexual harassment? They haven't done enough - 29.2%; They've acted appropriately - 41.7%; They've gone too far - 6.7%; I'm not sure - 22.3%

    Long an industry that drew people to the Golden State, Hollywood is now under intense scrutiny as a culture that appears to tolerate serious sexual misconduct. Polling showed California to have the highest rate of people who had personally experienced sexual harassment at work with 355. Nearly 45% of Californians have also witnessed sexual harassment and 38.8% have a friend or spouse who has experienced misconduct. 

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