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  Washington Post-Kaiser Foundation-Harvard University Gender Poll Results

Thursday, March 26, 1998

This Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University study is based on random telephone interviews with 1,008 adults on November 20-23, 1997. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.0 percentage points.

1. How much change do you think there has been in recent years in the relationship between men and women in their roles in families, the workplace, and society? Has there been a great deal of change, quite a lot, only some, or none at all?


                         Great Deal/            Only some/
                      ---Quite a lot----    --Not much at all---        
                       Great     Quite                 Not much    No
                NET    deal     A lot    NET    Some   at all    Opin.
11/23/97 All    76     35        42      23     20       3       *
11/23/97 Male   76     37        40      23     20       4       *
11/23/97 Female 76     33        43      23     21       3       1

1.1 Do you think these changes have been mainly good for the country, mainly bad or have they been both good and bad?


               Mainly   Mainly    Both good        No               No
                good     bad       and bad    difference(vol.)    opinion
11/23/97 All     18       13         68             1                1
11/23/97 Male    23       14         62             *                *
11/23/97 Female  13       12         72             1                2

2. Considering everything, do you think it would be better or worse for the country if men and women went back to the traditional roles they had in the 1950s, or don't you think it would make a difference?


               Better    Worse    No difference    No opinion
11/23/97 All     38       34         25                 3
11/23/97 Male    35       35         29                 2
11/23/97 Female  42       33         21                 4

3. (Of married people) Considering everything, do you think it would be better or worse for you if you and your (husband/wife) went back to the traditional roles that men and women had in the 1950s, or don't you think it would make a difference?


               Better    Worse    No difference    No opinion
11/23/97 All     28       33         37                 1
11/23/97 Male    29       35         35                 1
11/23/97 Female  27       32         40                 1
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