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For #FlashbackFriday @tl_christian & @amagooch dug around our physical #archive collection to find a 1970 @HarrisPoll women's opinion poll for a client.
Some of the data is funny, some is alarming, but all of it is a good reminder of why #datapreservation is so important! 4
Vast majority in US view #apprenticeships positively, especially to kick-start careers, says new research by our member @StaffingTweets. #ASAWorkforceMonitor #ASAResearch https://t.co/l1ENFCgFRh @WECglobal believes in apprenticeships for #Socialinnovation: https://t.co/R5ysVAb652
The vast majority of U.S. adults with an opinion about apprenticeships (92%) view them favorably. Four in five Americans (84%) think that more people should consider apprenticeships, and seven in 10 (68%) wish they knew more about these vocational opportunities, according to the results of the survey.
While four in five (79%) U.S. adults are familiar with apprenticeships, misconceptions abound. One notable fallacy is they are not paid—only two in five Americans (38%) characterize apprenticeships as paying workers a wage, even though a paid-work component is a foundation of these career opportunities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Read more at Business Insider.
In choosing a new home, Camille McClain’s kids had a single demand: a backyard.
That seemingly reasonable request turned the Chicago family’s home hunt upside down, as there weren’t many three-bedroom apartments on the North Side — where the family was looking — that came with yard space. Still, McClain and her husband chose to honor their 4- and 6-year-old’s request.
“We worked with a few apartment brokers, and it was strange that many of them didn’t even know if there was outdoor space, so they’d bring us to an apartment, we’d see that it didn’t have a yard, and we’d move on,” said McClain, who runs Merry Music Makers in Lakeview, a business focused on music education for children.
McClain’s little ones aren’t the only kids who have an opinion when it comes to housing, and in many cases youngsters’ views weigh heavily on parents’ real estate decisions, according to a 2018 Harris Poll survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults.
Fifty-five percent of homeowners who have a child under the age of 18 said the opinion of their child factored into their homebuying decision; 74 percent of millennial parents (those between the ages of 18 and 36) listened to their kids’ opinions before they bought their homes.
Renters paid attention to their kids’ preferences even more: 83 percent said their children’s opinions will be a factor when they buy a home.
The most common requests from kiddos? Fifty-seven percent want their own bedrooms; 34 percent want a large backyard; 25 percent want to be close to parks or other activities; 24 percent have an opinion about schools; 24 percent want to be near friends; and 21 percent want a swimming pool, according to the survey, which was commissioned by SunTrust Mortgage.
Read more at Chicago Tribune.
On the topic of immigration, the poll found that 60% of white Americans said reducing the number of immigrants and refugees will have a positive impact on our country, while 15% of Hispanics say it will have a negative effect; African Americans, however, were evenly split on the subject.
Today's findings reflect old sentiments. "When we go back at Harris to look at this historically, we see many of the same things arising in the 70s and in the 80s," said Harris Poll executive editor, Michael D'Antonio. "Americans were really ambivalent and actually negative on allowing refugees from Vietnam from coming in the 70s and majority thought Jimmy Carter handled the Cuban immigration crisis poorly."
Also on the show, MSNBC contributor/analyst Charlie Sykes emphasized the importance of thought leadership. Historically, faith and political leaders made the case for immigration, he explained. "Presidents didn't demonize immigrants," he said, alluding to comments from the Trump presidency describing immigrants as rapists and animals. Even social conservative leaders like Ronald Reagan were known for their open-borders stance when it came to immigration. Over time, Sykes said, two different kinds of right-wingers have emerged: the nativist right known for their blood-and-soil rhetoric and the more aspirational perspective as embodied by the likes of Reagan.
When it came to how alienated Americans feel, the study found that people feel less alienated the closer they get to home. When people were asked about whether individuals running the country cared about what happened to them, 78% agreed; but when they were asked if they felt left out of things going on around them, only 46% agreed.
Another divisive issue was social justice movements as 47% of people said more social justice movements would have a negative impact on the country.
The findings of the new survey were disclosed at a live taping of the show with The Harris Poll's executive editor, Michael D'Antonio, and Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University. According to the poll, current factors that largely unite Americans include: making healthcare more affordable, being open to alternative viewpoints, being involved in local community, having more things for sale that are made in America, less discrimination based on people's beliefs or identities, women having more power in society and more power and respect for African Americans (70% of whites said they would feel more included if African Americans had more power).
However, when Americans were asked if social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo would have a positive or negative impact on society, 70% of African Americans said the movements were having a positive impact, but only 47% of whites agreed. Furthermore, half of white Americans (50%) said the movements were doing more harm than good.
D'Antonio explained that some views indicate aspirational notions as people are often hesitant about disclosing their biases to pollsters; similar sentiments about social justice campaigns were echoed during the civil rights movements of the 60s. In theory, Americans seem to like these aspirational values and desire conversations, but in practice (as we see with The Harris Poll's GLAAD study on LGBTQ acceptance in America) there is a disconnect; they don't follow up on those things they claim they value.
Additionally, almost every year since 1966, The Harris Poll has conducted the alienation index to determine how alienated Americans feel from the country's leadership. By asking Americans, among other things, if they feel people running the country don't care about them and the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, we try to discern people's sense of agency and their wellbeing to estimate how alienated they feel. The country's alienation index was 29 when it started in 1966 and it has risen steadily ever since. It reached a record-high of 70 in 2014 and 2016, during the Obama years and dropped by three points in the first year of Donald Trump's presidency. As Antonio pointed out, people sense of alienation are largely influenced by who is in power.
Greer added that the the U.S is still a country that has four pillars: capitalism, anti-black racism, white supremacy and patriarchy. "For white Americans equity equals discrimination," she said.
The history of post-World War II America is a history of a cycle of social progress and backlash. Former president Barack Obama put it aptly in his 2016 commencement address at Rutgers University:
"...America’s progress has never been smooth or steady. Progress doesn’t travel in a straight line. It zigs and zags in fits and starts. Progress in America has been hard and contentious, and sometimes bloody. It remains uneven and at times, for every two steps forward, it feels like we take one step back."
Tune in to The Brian Lehrer Show airing today from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org to hear the last episode of "The Eights" which will explore what elements divide the country and why Americans are stuck in their political tribes.
In conversation with Axios co-founder Mike Allen, Zalis and Gerzema, Penn explored micro-trends from his book that are affecting working women today. One of these small forces is "Second-Fiddle Husbands," which reveals a microtrend of men who by choice or circumstance are not the primary bread winners in the family. As more American women enter the workforce, the traditional notion of the man as the breadwinner is fading. A Harris Poll-TFQ survey reports that 42% of women are the family breadwinners. Attitudes toward parenting and work are reflecting a more egalitarian outlook towards child care and career. Consequently, there is growing comfort with the idea of women as breadwinners, and it is especially prevalent among millennial men.
The trend can be beneficial to both men and women. While men learn not be solely defined by their jobs, women receive the marital support they need to attain self-actualization, thrive and even lead in the workplace. This is a plus for society at large, especially aspiring female leaders. Research from the Harris Poll and The Female Quotient found that visibility of female leaders is critical to empowering other women to lead. 81% of women say when they see women in leadership positions, they're encouraged to believe that they can also have a leadership position.
Beyond the changing family dynamics, the panel discussed workplace harassment, rewriting the rules of the workplace, the role of HR in creating healthy work environments where all workers can succeed, the rise of the American side hustle, and the age-old question: Can women really have it all? Harris Poll CEO, Gerzema, pointed out that 92% of Americans say drastic changes need to be made to create equality, the most important changes falling on HR include tackling gender norms, harassment training and taking a stance.
On rewriting workplace rules, Zalis added: “HR departments and leaders are not set up to succeed. Even just the name needs to change. We should evolve to a Chief Diversity Officer or Chief Belonging Officer.”
Over 9 in 10 Americans are calling for drastic changes in human resources, demanding a true commitment from these departments to create gender equality in the workplace.