54% of Americans polled say #MeToo

November 4, 2017

Over half of Americans (54%) say they have personally experienced an unwanted verbal or physical sexual advance, Reuters/Ipsos said last week, after polling 1,832 adults nationwide.

As the #MeToo movement, started most recently by actress Alyssa Milano, continues to grow, the Reuters/Ipsos poll explored the social impact of the hashtag—and the overall numbers of Americans who said they had had a personal experience with unwanted sexual advances and assault.

While a limited number (about 16%) actually had engaged with the #Me Too movement online, the answers to questions about personal incidents came through loud and clear. In fact, 54% answered yes, when asked whether they had ever experienced an unwanted verbal or physical sexual advance.

When questioned about whether the unwanted advance came from specific people in their lives, the respondent answered “yes” in the following percentages:

  • A boss or authority figure at your job? (Yes-15%)
  • A coworker or colleague? (17% )
  • A friend? (15%)
  • A family member? (12
  • A romantic partner(14%)
  • Other? (18%)

Ipsos conducted the research from October 20 through October 24, on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For the survey, a sample of roughly 1,832 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English.

Research contact: chris.jackson@ipsos.com