December 6, 2017 - 47% Of U.S. Women Say They've Been Sexually Assaulted, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; People Speaking Up Will Make U.S. Better, Americans Say Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Almost half of American women, 47 percent, say they've been sexually assaulted, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

The independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll asked a random sample of 1,747 American adults: "Have you ever been sexually assaulted, meaning someone touched you in an inappropriate, sexual manner without your consent, or not?"

Among all adults, 32 percent say they were assaulted, including 17 percent of men and 47 percent of women. The pattern is consistent across all age groups as 33 percent of people 18 to 34 years old, 30 percent of people 35 to 49 years old, 36 percent of people 50 to 64 years old and 34 percent of people over 65 years old say they were sexually assaulted.

Among those men and women who say they were sexually assaulted, 39 percent say it happened in social settings; 37 percent say it happened at work, 27 percent say it happened at home; 20 percent say it happened on the street and 19 percent say it happened in school.

People coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault will change the nation for the better, 52 percent of Americans say, while 9 percent say it will make the situation worse and 33 percent say it will not have much impact.

The media get the best grades for how it is handling sexual harassment and sexual assault in its industry, as Americans approve 48 - 42 percent. Approval for other groups are negative:

* 21 - 60 percent for how the Republican Party is handling sexual harassment and sexual assault in politics;

* 28 - 50 percent for the Democratic Party;

* 38 - 51 percent for the entertainment industry.

"The number is staggering: Almost half of American women say they've been sexually assaulted," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "And most Americans give most institutions failing grades for how they deal with sexual assault and sexual harassment within their ranks.

"But there is a ray of sunshine here. Most Americans believe that shining a light on the problem, rather than sweeping it under the rug, will help make us a better people," Malloy added.

If multiple people have accused an elected official of sexual harassment or sexual assault, 66 percent of Americans say that official should resign, while 24 percent say the official should not resign.

Twenty-five percent of women and 4 percent of men are concerned about being sexually assaulted in the future.

Americans disapprove 63 - 22 percent of the way President Donald Trump is handling sexual harassment and sexual assault. Republicans approve 55 - 24 percent, the only party, gender, age or racial group to approve.

It is hypocritical for President Trump to criticize men accused of sexual harassment, 73 percent of Americans say, while 16 percent say he has a right to criticize these men.

The U.S. Congress should investigate accusations of sexual harassment against President Trump, Americans say 70 - 25 percent.

"The message to President Donald Trump on calling out offenders: People who live in glass houses, even if it's the White House, shouldn't point fingers," Malloy said.

From November 29 - December 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,747 American adults nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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33. Have you ever been sexually assaulted, meaning someone touched you in an inappropriate, sexual manner without your consent, or not?
                     ADULTS.......................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Assaulted        32%    17%    47%    33%    30%    36%    34%
No                   65     82     49     66     66     62     64
DK/NA                 3      1      4      1      4      2      2
 
                     REGION...................
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Assaulted        26%    32%    32%    40%    35%    31%    23%
No                   71     66     67     57     63     68     75
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      2      1      2
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Yes/Assaulted        34%    27%    43%    33%
No                   63     70     57     63
DK/NA                 3      3      1      4
 
 
33a. (If yes/Been sexually assaulted q33) Where have you experienced sexual assault: at work, at home, in social settings, in school, or on the street? (Totals may add up to more than 100% because multiple responses were allowed)
                     BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED Q33..................
                     ADULTS.......................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Work                 37%    23%    41%    20%    42%    43%    44%
Home                 27     23     29     30     37     24     22
Social settings      39     41     39     49     47     34     28
In school            19     11     22     25     23     19     13
On the street        20     18     21     19     20     26     12
OTHER(VOL)            3      5      3      2      3      4      5
DK/NA                 3      4      3      6      1      2      2
 
                     REGION...................
                     NEast  MWest  South  West
 
Work                 31%    42%    36%    36%
Home                 25     28     26     31
Social settings      30     32     42     47
In school            19     17     19     23
On the street        25     22     17     20
OTHER(VOL)            4      5      2      4
DK/NA                 4      4      2      3
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Work                 39%    36%    43%    38%
Home                 26     25     30     23
Social settings      38     35     37     42
In school            21      8     24     21
On the street        19     17     17     20
OTHER(VOL)            3      4      2      4
DK/NA                 3      -      3      4
 
 
34. Are you concerned that you may be sexually assaulted in the future, or are you not concerned about that?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Concerned        15%     4%    25%    27%    11%    11%     8%
No                   84     95     73     71     88     89     92
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      1      1      1
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Yes/Concerned        10%    17%    15%    17%    11%    19%    25%    23%    11%
No                   89     82     83     82     88     81     74     76     89
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      1      -      2      1      1
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Yes/Concerned        14%     7%    22%    12%
No                   85     93     77     87
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of how the Republican Party is handling the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in politics?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              21%    23%    20%    12%    22%    25%    24%
Disapprove           60     57     63     63     61     60     62
DK/NA                19     20     18     26     17     15     15
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Approve              23%    18%    23%    21%    24%    14%    19%    16%    24%
Disapprove           62     61     58     62     57     72     61     68     57
DK/NA                15     21     19     18     19     14     20     16     19
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              22%    42%    11%    21%
Disapprove           63     41     81     64
DK/NA                15     18      8     16
 
 
36. Do you approve or disapprove of how the Democratic Party is handling the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in politics?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              28%    25%    31%    27%    27%    29%    28%
Disapprove           50     55     45     44     51     53     54
DK/NA                22     20     24     29     21     18     18
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Approve              27%    29%    27%    28%    28%    32%    27%    28%    28%
Disapprove           54     45     52     48     52     47     44     50     50
DK/NA                18     26     21     23     20     21     29     22     22
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              30%    17%    45%    27%
Disapprove           52     66     39     55
DK/NA                18     16     16     18
 
 
37. Do you approve or disapprove of how President Trump is handling the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in general?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              22%    26%    18%     9%    22%    31%    25%
Disapprove           63     56     69     76     62     54     60
DK/NA                15     18     13     14     16     15     15
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Approve              19%    20%    27%    18%    27%     9%    16%    18%    24%
Disapprove           67     62     59     66     58     81     66     70     60
DK/NA                14     18     14     16     15      9     18     12     16
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              24%    55%     4%    23%
Disapprove           64     24     92     64
DK/NA                12     21      4     13
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of how the news media is handling the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in their own industry?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              48%    45%    50%    41%    47%    52%    52%
Disapprove           42     45     38     44     45     41     37
DK/NA                11      9     12     14      9      7     10
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Approve              50%    53%    46%    44%    48%    54%    42%    50%    47%
Disapprove           39     37     45     42     42     36     44     38     43
DK/NA                10     10      9     14     10     10     13     12     10
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              51%    34%    65%    51%
Disapprove           40     56     26     42
DK/NA                 9     10      9      8
 
 
39. Do you approve or disapprove of how the entertainment industry is handling the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in their own industry?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              38%    34%    41%    33%    40%    41%    40%
Disapprove           51     54     48     53     51     49     48
DK/NA                11     12     11     14      9     10     12
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Approve              35%    38%    37%    41%    38%    33%    40%    40%    37%
Disapprove           54     50     55     44     52     58     46     47     53
DK/NA                11     12      9     15     10      9     14     13     10
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Approve              39%    28%    53%    35%
Disapprove           52     61     38     56
DK/NA                10     11      9      9
 
 
40. In general, do you think elected officials are handling the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault better than the entertainment and news industries, handling it worse, or handling it the same as the entertainment and news industries?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               10%    13%     7%     9%    11%     8%    11%
Worse                36     33     39     40     35     38     33
Same                 45     46     44     43     43     46     46
DK/NA                 9      9     10      8     11      9     10
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Better                9%    11%    11%     9%    11%     9%    11%     9%    11%
Worse                33     33     34     44     35     37     33     43     32
Same                 46     47     48     38     44     44     49     39     48
DK/NA                12     10      8      9     10     10      8     10      9
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Better                9%    18%     6%     7%
Worse                38     22     49     41
Same                 45     52     39     46
DK/NA                 7      8      6      6
 
 
41. If an elected official has been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault by multiple people, do you think that elected official should resign, or not?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Resign           66%    57%    74%    72%    61%    63%    68%
No                   24     33     16     19     29     27     22
DK/NA                10     10      9      9     10     10     10
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Yes/Resign           66%    66%    66%    67%    62%    81%    70%    69%    65%
No                   22     22     25     27     28     11     21     22     25
DK/NA                12     12     10      7     10      8     10      9     10
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Yes/Resign           63%    51%    77%    60%
No                   26     37     14     31
DK/NA                11     12      9      9
 
 
42. Do you think that people coming forward with stories about sexual harassment and sexual assault is going to change the nation for the better, change the nation for the worse, or do you think their stories won't have much impact either way?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               52%    48%    55%    57%    48%    56%    51%
Worse                 9      9      8      8     10     12      7
Not much impact      33     35     31     29     37     26     37
DK/NA                 6      7      5      6      6      6      5
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Better               53%    57%    47%    54%    53%    54%    45%    60%    48%
Worse                10      8      9      8      9      8      8      8      9
Not much impact      31     30     37     30     31     36     38     25     37
DK/NA                 6      4      7      8      6      3      9      7      6
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Better               56%    40%    68%    56%
Worse                 8     14      4     10
Not much impact      30     37     25     30
DK/NA                 6      9      4      4
 
 
43. As you may know, President Trump has criticized multiple men on Twitter after they were accused of sexual harassment. President Trump has also been accused of sexual harassment, but has denied the accusations. Do you think President Trump is right to criticize these other men, or do you think it is hypocritical of him to criticize these other men?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Right to criticize   16%    21%    11%    12%    18%    16%    17%
Hypocritical         73     66     79     79     71     74     70
DK/NA                12     13     10      8     10     10     13
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Right to criticize   17%    12%    19%    13%    19%     7%     8%    13%    17%
Hypocritical         72     73     70     77     68     84     80     78     70
DK/NA                11     15     11     10     13      9     11      8     13
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Right to criticize   16%    31%     3%    20%
Hypocritical         73     46     94     71
DK/NA                11     22      3     10
 
 
44. Do you think Congress should investigate the accusations of sexual harassment against President Trump, or not?
                     ADULTS........................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Investigate      70%    66%    73%    83%    76%    63%    60%
No                   25     28     22     13     20     32     35
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      4      5      6
 
                                                                      SEXUALLY
                     REGION...................                        ASSAULTED Q33
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   Wht    Blk    Hsp    Yes    No
 
Yes/Investigate      68%    71%    70%    71%    66%    83%    77%    76%    68%
No                   27     23     26     24     30     12     17     21     27
DK/NA                 4      7      5      6      4      5      6      4      6
 
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind
 
Yes/Investigate      67%    39%    86%    66%
No                   28     56     12     28
DK/NA                 5      5      2      5