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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 19, 2021

No, this poll didn’t find men are more likely to do chores than women

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  • An image of poll results made it look like men say they are more likely than women to do household chores in the United States. But the results were backward — women report they are far more likely than men to do laundry, wash the dishes, and more, according to Gallup.
 

An image of what looks like an MSNBC broadcast that’s being shared on social media shows some interesting Gallup poll results: Men, not women, are more likely to perform chores including laundry, house cleaning and grocery shopping. 

According to the graphic, 58% of men said they are more likely to do laundry compared with 13% of women. Among men, 51% said they are more likely to clean the house compared with 9% of women. And 50% of men said they are more likely to handle child care on a daily basis compared with 7% of women. 

But those numbers aren’t right. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

We found the Gallup poll results, 2019 data that was published on the company’s website in January 2020, and the data is flipped. 

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According to Gallup, 58% of women said they are more likely to do laundry compared with 13% of men. Fifty-one percent of women said they are more likely to clean the house compared with 9% of men. And so forth. 

We reached out to MSNBC about the graphic but didn’t immediately hear back. 

What we do know: The data itself, as presented in the Facebook post, is wrong. 

Gallup’s poll found that women bear a larger load of household duties in the United States.

We rate this post False.

 

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