Survey Shows that Women Want Male Bosses



Survey Shows that Women Want Male Bosses


According to a recent Gallup survey women prefer male bosses.

Okay, I’m surprised.

Gallup collected responses from 1,032 adults in the U.S. and 39 percent of women wanted to be managed by a man, compared with 26 percent of men.

What’s shocking is that in the 60 years that Gallup has conducted this survey, women have never preferred a female boss.

Again, I say what?

Women have continued to gain a wide-ranging presence in higher level positions but this poll has to be disheartening to know that many workers don’t seem to want them in the role of the boss.

Can I just say what one more time?

Only one-fifth of the people surveyed by Gallup said they preferred a female boss over a man.

The actual question posed by Gallup was, “If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss, would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?”

Results showed that 66% of Americans said they preferred a male boss. Five percent said they preferred a female boss, and 25% said that it made no difference.

While women are more likely than men to say they would prefer a female boss, they are still more likely to say they would prefer a male boss overall.

Historically, the percentage of women who prefer a female boss has never surpassed 30% but men are more likely than women to say they have no preference.

Present-day Situations

The survey indicated that 51% of working Americans currently have a male boss and 33% have a female boss. Those who have a female boss are more likely than those with a male boss to favor a female boss.

Other Demographics

Prior Gallup surveys have noted that younger Americans are a bit more likely than older Americans to prefer a female boss; however, preference for a male boss is still consistent between the two groups.

Republicans are more likely to prefer a male boss (42%) to a female boss (16%), while Democrats break even between the two — 29% prefer male, while 25% prefer female.


Americans’ views about wanting female bosses haven’t changed since Gallup began asking these questions. But, even though more Americans continue to prefer a male boss to a female boss, the greatest percentage continue to say it does not make a difference to them.

So, that’s a good sign.

After all, gender should not come into play. It’s what goes into the character of a boss that makes a difference and not the sex.

There’s still room to improve because while the percentage of those who do prefer a female boss has grown over the last 60 years, it’s never surpassed 25%. However, as workforce demographics continue to shift and as women to continue to work their way up, it would stand to reason that the numbers should change in the future.

It’s Your Turn

I really want to hear from all of you on this one.  What do you think?  Do you have a preference? Does it matter?  Has it mattered to you?  Fire away.

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