ECN Survey

THE ERA CAMPAIGN NETWORK NATIONWIDE SURVEY

Overwhelmingly, Americans agree that male and female citizens should have equal rights, and the vast majority of Americans want those rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. Most, however, mistakenly assume that the Constitution already guarantees those rights.

Those overall findings held true for both men and women, and for all the other demographic categories examined, by region, age, education, household income, race, and household makeup.

Following are all the actual questions asked, with the tables showing the distribution of responses for the survey respondents as a whole, and for men and women separately. In those instances in which there are statistically significant differences in the responses of men vs. women, that is so indicated. (If not indicated, any observed differences are not statistically significant.)

  1. "In your opinion, should male and female citizens of the United States have equal rights?"


  2. TOTAL MEN WOMEN
    YES96% 95%97%
    NO3% 4%2%
    Don't know 1%1% 1%
    In all demographic categories studied, between 93% and 99% agree that male and female citizens should have equal rights.

  3. "As far as you know, does the Constitution of the United States make it clear that male and female citizens are SUPPOSED to have equal rights?"


  4. TOTAL MENWOMEN
    YES (or I think so) 72%75% 69%
    NO (or don't think so) 18%16%* 21%*
    Have no idea (or don't know) 10%9% 10%
    * Statistically significant difference between men and women: Somewhat more women than men are aware that the Constitution does not make it clear.
    In all other demographic categories studied, between 60% and 80% think the Constitution makes it clear that male and female citizens are supposed to have equal rights, while only between 13% and 25% think it does not. Younger people are somewhat more knowledgeable than older people in this regard: 22% of those in the 18-34 age range are aware that the Constitution does not make it clear, while only 15% of those 55 and up are aware – a statistically significant difference.

  5. In your opinion, SHOULD the Constitution make it clear that male and female citizens are supposed to have equal rights?

TOTAL MENWOMEN
YES88% 85%*91%*
NO9% 11%*6%*
Don't know 3%4% 3%
* Statistically significant differences between men and women: Somewhat more women than men believe the Constitution should make it clear.
In all other demographic categories studied, between 83% and 94% believe the Constitution should make it clear that male and female citizens are supposed to have equal rights.