September 7th, 2010

National survey finds support for workplace bullying law

Labor Day 2010 research findings from the Workplace Bullying Institute national scientific survey shows support for the Healthy Workplace Bill.

The question asked: “Do you support or oppose enactment of workplace bullying laws that would protect all workers from what can be considered malicious, health-harming abusive conduct committed by bosses and co-workers?” This is the language of the HWB. Here are the results for the entire national sample as well as by political ideology and race.

YES = all support Strongly Support Somewhat Support Not Sure/ No Opinion Somewhat Oppose Strongly Oppose
National sample 64.2% 37.5% 26.7% 12% 10.8% 13%
Liberals 89.5 62 27.5 4.3 2.4 3.8
Moderates 77.8 48.2 29.6 10.5 7.5 4.2
Conservatives 47.1 20.5 26.6 13.6 16.9 22.5
African-Americans 73.2 54.8 18.4 12.9 5.1 8.8
Hispanics 65.9 40.9 25 5.7 11.2 17.2
Asians 63.8 37.5 26.3 19.7 5.1 11.4
Whites 63 34.2 28.8 12.4 11.8 12.8

For comparison, consider that the Sunday newspaper magazine, Parade, asked the same question in a July 18, 2010 article titled: “Workplace Bullying: Do We Need a Law?” The magazine’s online poll results found overwhelming support for a law — 92% yes.

According to a WBI Instant Poll posted on July 23, 2010, 96.8% of 252 online respondents stated their support for a workplace bullying law.

Readers will want to digest Suffolk Law Professor David Yamada’s thorough and thoughtful Labor Day 2010 analysis of the liberal, moderate and conservative features of the Healthy Workplace Bill. He is the bill’s author.

WBI Research Director, Gary Namie, PhD
© 2010, Workplace Bullying Institute

Survey 1: Zogby International was commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute to conduct an online survey of 4,210 adults from 8/4/10 to 8/11/10. A sampling of Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 1.5 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups. The MOE calculation is for sampling error only. Totals in topline reporting may not equal 100% due to rounding.

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