Poll: Americans Prefer Male Boss Over Female Boss

By Michael W. Chapman | November 12, 2013 | 2:07 PM EST

Real estate developer Donald Trump. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Americans prefer to work for male bosses instead of female bosses, according to Gallup, whose survey also showed that at least 40% of women prefer a male boss.

In the survey, which Gallup has conducted since 1953, adults 18 and older were asked, “Suppose you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss. Would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?”

The results showed that 35% prefer a male boss while only 23% prefer a female boss. Another 41% were indifferent. But both men and women prefer to work for a man.

In the breakdown by select groups, the poll showed that 40% of women prefer a male boss while 29% of men do -- and only 18% of men and 27% of women prefer a female boss.

Gallup reported that “more than half of men say the gender of their boss makes no difference, but those who have a preference favor a male boss by an 11-point margin.” In addition, while women are more likely than men to have a preference, “women choose a male over a female boss by a 13-point margin.”

Democrats broke even over a male vs. a female boss “while independents and Republicans prefer a male boss,” said Gallup.

Further, “Americans of all education levels prefer a male boss, by margins ranging from seven to 14 percentage points,” reported the poll.

In concluding, said Gallup, “[a]lthough four in 10 Americans do not have a preference for a male or female boss, those who do would rather work for a man than a woman.”

The telephone survey was conducted Aug. 7-11 as part of Gallup’s Work and Education Survey and released on Nov. 11. A random sample of 2,059 adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were polled.

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman