Whoa, mama!

When it comes to Idahoans’ opinion of whether women are treated fairly in the workplace, gender matters a lot, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.

Two-thirds of men (66 percent) “definitely” or “probably” believe women are treated fairly at work.

But only 51 percent of women agree – they are treated fairly in the workplace.

That 15-percentage-point difference is statistically significant, say the professional surveyors at Dan Jones & Associates, IPW’s pollster.

Forty-seven percent of women said they are not treated fairly in the workplace.

Only 31 percent of men believe women are treated unfairly at work, 3 percent overall don’t know.

We all know that across America, women on average earn less than men in the same kind of jobs.

A recent study finds that in Idaho, women earn 81 cents for every $1 a man earns in the same job.

Considering that, it may be good for worker morale that 66 percent of men believe women are treated fairly in the workplace – because it certainly is not the case if one looks only at wages.

One wonders why 51 percent of women consider themselves fairly treated at work when in many cases they are not earning a similar wage as a man.

And, yes, one’s politics does impact how you feel on this workplace equity issue:

Republicans believe women are treated fairly at work, 73-23 percent.

Democrats just the opposite, 75 percent say women are not treated fairly, 25 percent say they are.

Political independents say women are treated fairly at work, 58-39 percent.

Those who told Jones they are “very conservative” politically, by a 82-15 percent margin say women are treated fairly.

“Moderates” are split, 47 percent say women are treated fairly, 50 percent say they are not.

The “very liberals” – 70 percent say females are not treated fairly, 31 percent say they are.

Finally, Mormons by and large say women, especially mothers, should be home with children.

Not surprisingly, 68 percent of Mormons – men and women – say women are treated well at work, while only 29 percent believe they are treated unfairly.

Jones polled 628 adults from Feb. 16-28; the poll having a margin of error of 3.91 percent.