Survey: One-Third of Workers Discuss Politics at Work

Chicago — March 1

As primary season heats up and the general election nears, you may find more vocal political pundits sitting in the next cubicle, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Thirty-six percent of workers reported they discuss politics at work. Forty-three percent expect they will be talking about this year’s presidential election with co-workers.

Further, while most conversations around politics were good-natured or even-tempered, 23 percent of workers who have discussed politics at work reported they had a heated discussion or fight with a co-worker, boss or someone else higher up in the organization. A few workers even said their opinion about a co-worker changed after they discovered that person’s political affiliation.

Men were more likely to share political opinions or commentary at the office: Forty-four percent of men discuss politics at work compared to 28 percent of women. Men were also more likely to report an altercation with a co-worker over opposing political views — 25 percent compared to 19 percent of women.

Workers age 55 and older were the most likely to discuss politics at work while those under the age of 25 were the least likely.

Forty-six percent of workers believe the competitive nature of government politics is strikingly similar to that of office politics. Nearly 19 percent said office politics are more vicious than national politics.

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. among 7,780 full-time, not self-employed or government U.S. workers.

Source: CareerBuilder