Newsweek.Around 60 percent of millennial respondents between 25 and 44 were in favor of the practice. By contrast, just 40 percent of Gen Z respondents aged between 18 and 24 supported the idea.Meanwhile, less than a third of respondents aged 45 or more agreed that workplaces should require gender pronouns in emails.Further emphasizing the divide, the poll found that close to 50 percent of Gen Z respondents were opposed to the practice, while around a third of millennials said pronouns should not be required on work emails.
Just over 50 percent of those aged 45 or more were against the idea.The findings come from a poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Newsweek and could lead to fresh debate about the use of pronouns in the workplace, which has sometimes proved divisivePeople are increasingly speaking up about their preferred choice of pronouns.
In 2019, a survey from the Pew Research Center found that around one in five Americans knows someone who goes by a gender-neutral pronoun.The Pew survey said close to a third of young Americans aged 18 to 29 personally know someone who prefers being referred to using a gender-neutral pronoun, while 73 percent in the same age bracket have heard of someone who does.For those 30 to 49, around 19 percent said they personally know someone who has asked to be referred to with gender-neutral pronouns, while 65 percent have heard of someone who prefers them.
For those aged 50 or above, there begins to be a drop-off in those figures.The use of gender-neutral pronouns looks likely to continue.