POLL: If You Had a Choice, Would You Pick a Female Boss or a Male Boss?

A recent Gallup survey shows more people would choose a male boss over a female boss.

Do you have a preference when it comes to the gender of your boss? Credit: Morguefile
Do you have a preference when it comes to the gender of your boss? Credit: Morguefile
By Kristi Reed

While 40 percent of respondents to a recent Gallup poll indicated they had no gender preference in terms of choosing a boss, those with a preference selected a male supervisor by a substantial margin.

The poll revealed 35 percent would choose a male boss while only 23 percent would want a female supervisor. Other key findings of the Gallup poll:

  • Both men and women prefer a male boss. Men with a preference favor a male boss by an 11-point margin while women with a preference choose a male over a female boss by a 13-point margin.
  • Democrats essentially break even in their preferences, while independents and Republicans prefer a male boss.
  • Americans between 35 and 54 the least likely to prefer a male boss. Younger Americans are generally not more likely than average, or less likely, to prefer a male boss.

Do you prefer a male boss or would you rather have a female supervisor? Why? Let us know in the comments or vote in our poll. 

This is not a scientific poll. It is for entertainment purposes only.
Pam J November 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I have disliked every female boss I have had. None of them knew how to manage people without making it personal. I am a female, and I know that I would make a horrible boss. I had a hard time being a team leader because I was leading a bunch of idiots.
Kristin S. November 18, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I've only had one great female boss, all of the others have been petty, insecure and delighted in crippling the careers of their employees. Usually they hire and retain other miserable people and push out those that really want to enhance the company and make it grow. I wish I understood this phenomena.


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