Still, a majority agrees it’s helped address gender inequality
Most of America believes in #MeToo.
Fifty-one percent of American adults believe that the #MeToo movement — which has put issues of sexual harassment and assault in the public eye — has helped address gender inequality, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll released Friday.
But an additional 26% say that it’s made no difference at all, and one in five (20%) say the movement has “led to the unfair treatment of men,” though the survey results do not to specify exactly how. The movement played a role in the firings or resignations of men like Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) — all of whom were accused of sexual misconduct in the past year.
Attitudes about #MeToo were largely divided along partisan lines, the survey of 2,857 adults revealed. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats believe the movement has shone a light on gender inequality, versus 27% of Republicans. Among the constituency that believes #MeToo has been unfair to men, Republicans led the way at 37%, compared to 7% of Democrats. And 33% of Republicans said it’s made no difference, versus 15% of Democrats.
The most recent resurgence of #MeToo in the public discourse took place at Sunday’s Academy Awards, when host Jimmy Kimmel and various presenters referenced the movement throughout Hollywood’s most glamorous night.
As actress and Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd told the crowd: “The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the sound of powerful new voices, of different voices, of our voices, together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘Time’s up.'”
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