The fourth annual New Jersey State of Diversity Survey also found that 21 percent of men believe women have more opportunities than men.
Younger respondents were less likely to perceive that women had less opportunities than men, as 24 percent of male and female workers age 34 and older believed this compared to 15 percent of workers 18 to 34.
“It’s a positive that a majority of men and women believe both genders have the same opportunities to succeed,” said NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka in a statement. “But any negative perceptions about opportunity in the workplace can have an adverse impact on a worker’s belief that they can truly succeed. It’s important for employers to understand these perceptions and establish the necessary realities to address them.”
Taft has executed the diversity survey since 2016 in an effort to gain insights into the day-to-day reality of workplace diversity in the state and to survey public attitudes about it. The latest poll, developed in conjunction with NJBIA, and conducted by the Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll, surveyed 541 randomly selected working adults in New Jersey from May 29 to June 4.
The survey found that men are twice as likely as women to see say mothers are treated better than other employees (18 percent versus 9 percent) and men and women were equally likely to say fathers are treated better than other employees (7 percent).
It also asked respondents how often they hear things that could be offensive to various groups, including women, in the workplace. While those who responded “very often” remained steady at 5 percent from 2017, the overall number of those who responded “never” climbed from 66 percent to 70 percent.
“Questions such as these shed light on how egalitarian the workplace is becoming, or is not, in the #MeToo era,” said Krista Jenkins, director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll and professor of political science in a statement.