Bosses More Likely to Be Republican and Conservative

Barbara Boland | January 10, 2014 | 10:54am EST
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo, dozens of job seekers line up to enter a National Career Fair in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

( - Bosses are more likely than workers to identify as Republican and conservative, according to analysis released by Pew Research Thursday.

Pew Research surveyed 2,002 adults from Oct. 7-27 and found that bosses are more likely to identify as members of the Republican Party, with 53 percent of bosses saying “they are Republican or lean to the GOP.” Just over a third (34 percent) of bosses identify as members of the Democratic Party, while most workers (44 percent) identify as Democrats.

Roughly four out of 10 or 43 percent of bosses (and 37 percent of workers) identify as conservatives, while 34 percent of the bosses identified as moderates (and 33 percent of workers). The smallest group was those who call themselves liberal: 17 percent of bosses and 21 percent of workers.

Just over half the bosses (54 percent) had household incomes of $75,000, whereas only 32 percent of workers had salaries at or above $75,000. In part, each of these differences is attributable to age.

On average, bosses are about eight years older than workers (47 vs. 39), so as a group they are further along in their careers.

Pew Research found that adults who “say they are the boss are more satisfied than workers with their home and work lives. Overall about eight-in-ten bosses (83%) describe themselves as ‘very satisfied’ with their family situation. In contrast, about seven-in-ten (74 percent) of workers are similarly content with their home lives,” the report said.

Only 48 percent of workers were satisfied with their current position, whereas 69% of bosses were satisfied with their position. “Four-in-ten top managers say they are very satisfied with their financial situation,” the report says. In contrast, only 28% of workers have that opinion.

While over a third (36 percent) of workers said that they have a job just “to get them by,” only 13 percent of bosses make that claim. Seventy-eight percent of bosses look at their job as a career, compared to 44 percent of workers.

Seventy-three percent of bosses feel they have sufficient education for success, and 62 percent believe they are paid fairly for the work they do. Only 12 percent are looking for another job (compared to 23 percent of workers.)

This data comes from a larger Pew Research Center report about men and women in the workplace, which was released December 11, 2013.

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