Americans still prefer a male boss

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:00 am

The number of Americans who prefer a female boss to a male boss is rising, hitting 23 percent in a recent Gallup poll, but more Americans still prefer a male boss, 35 percent, the poll found. Most people, though -- 41 percent -- have no preference.

The findings have evolved significantly in the years since Gallup first asked the question in 1953. Then, 66 percent preferred a male boss, 25 percent didn’t care and just 5 percent preferred a female boss.

Responses to the poll vary by demographic.

Women are more likely than men to prefer a male boss (40 percent to 29 percent) and they’re also more likely than men to prefer a female boss (27 percent to 18 percent). More men didn’t care -- more than half of men said they had no preference.

Republicans were more likely than Democrats to prefer a male boss (40 percent to 32 percent) and the preference for a male boss fell with increasing levels of education, while the preference for a female boss was about the same regardless of education level.

People who have a female boss currently are almost twice as likely to prefer a female boss as those who have a male boss.

What do you prefer? Leave us a comment about what you think makes a good boss and whether gender matters.

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