Romney Voters Are More Engaged at Work

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Quantum Workplace releases only poll to compare voter behavior and employee engagement

Romney voters are more engaged in the workplace than Obama voters, according to a new Quantum Workplace study released last week. However, while Romney voters take the lead in engagement, the poll showed Obama winning the race with a 52 percent lead over Romney. This is the only poll of its kind focusing on the relationship between voter behavior and employee engagement.

The average engagement score of Romney voters was 86.8, while the score of Obama voters was 86.1. The 0.7 difference between the subgroups is statistically significant, according to Greg Harris, President of Quantum Workplace.

“Most of our survey respondents score between 60.0 and 92.0 on a 100-point index; therefore, even a slight numerical difference in score is significant,” said Harris.

Quantum Workplace, well known for its national Best Places to Work contest, annually surveys employees at more than 5,000 organizations to determine engagement levels. Based off employees’ engagement scores, the company groups employees into four profiles: engaged, contributing, disengaged, and hostile.

When looking at the spread of the employee profiles, Obama voters were slightly more dispersed across all types of workers compared to Romney voters. Of those voting for Romney, 71.26 percent were engaged compared to 68.81 percent of Obama voters. This left Obama with a little more diversity in engagement levels across the rest of his voters, with 21.16 percent contributing, 7.29 percent disengaged, and 2.74 percent hostile. Of Romney voters, 19.96 percent were engaged; 6.27 percent were disengaged; and 2.51 percent were hostile.

“From our 10 years of experience conducting workplace research, we know that engagement tends to increase the higher up the organizational ladder one gets and income rises as position level rises,” said Harris. “Our findings support the notion that Romney votes will come from higher income workers, while Obama appeals to a larger chunk of Americans who are frustrated with their work.”

For more information about the poll, go to http://go.quantumworkplace.com/blog/bid/88026/Employee-Engagement-and-the-2012-Presidential-Debate

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