Balancing Act: Think The #MeToo Movement Is A Good Thing? You’re Probably A Democratic Woman

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Women are more likely to view the #MeToo movement favorably than men (61 percent to 39 percent), but the biggest divide occurs along party lines. Sixty-three percent of Democrats have a favorable view of the movement. Among Republicans, that number falls to 20 percent.

Chicago Tribune

Whether you view the #MeToo movement favorably or unfavorably depends more on your political leanings than your gender, according to new data from the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

A nationally representative survey by the Lewisburg, Pa.,-based university found that of the respondents, 41 percent view it favorably and 21 percent view it unfavorably. Thirty-eight percent said they have no opinion or have never heard of it.

If you’re reading this, 38-percenters, #MeToo is a decades-old movement founded by activist Tarana Burke to raise awareness about sexual harassment and assault. It gained renewed attention in October after allegations of serial harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were made public, opening the floodgates for women and men across multiple industries to come forward with their own survivor stories.

We’ve watched high-profile harassers tumble from their perches of power. We’ve witnessed painful conversations, previously limited to whispers, crescendo toward a collective shout. It’s impossible, really, to accurately quantify the various ripple effects of #MeToo.

This survey is a small (1,000 respondents) but interesting (I think) attempt to measure how the movement is playing with the public. Here’s what it finds:

Women are more likely to view the movement favorably than men (61 percent to 39 percent), but the biggest divide occurs along party lines. Sixty-three percent of Democrats have a favorable view of the movement. Among Republicans, that number falls to 20 percent. Thirty-seven percent of people who identify as Independents have a favorable view.

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