About one in five Americans reported experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, cutting across the population regardless of geographic location, income or political affiliation, a new survey said.
The CNBC All-America Survey found that overall 19 percent of American adults said they have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Among men, the figure was 10 percent, while among women it jumped to 27 percent.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 10 to 13 with 800 adults nationwide and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. It comes at a time when accusations of sexual harassment in business, politics and the media have dominated national headlines.
By age group, 16 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds say they have been victims, compared with 25 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds. Of the women who reported being victims, 39 percent are of the baby boomer generation, 36 percent are Gen X, and 25 percent are millennials.
"An encouraging signal from this data is that there are fewer reports of this sort of behavior among younger women," said Micah Roberts, Republican pollster and partner at Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the survey along with Democratic pollster Jay Campbell of Hart Research.