Men more likely than women to say they are financially better off since last year

Men are more likely than women to say they are financially better off since last year, according to a new American Barometer survey. 

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 40 percent of men said their financial situation has gotten better in the past year, while only 26 percent of women said the same. 

Twenty-four percent of male respondents said their financial situation was much better, and 8 percent of women agreed. 

Twenty-two percent of women said their financial situation had gotten worse in the past year, while 16 percent of men said the same. 

While the U.S. has experienced economic growth resulting in higher wages and lower unemployment, the gender gap still persists. 

Women earned 82 percent of what men earned in 2017, according to a Pew Research study released in April. 

Sixty-two percent of minimum wage employees are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pew estimated it would take a woman 47 extra days of work to earn what men earned in 2017. 

"I'm not surprised to hear that," Democratic pollster Molly Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." "Men are [higher] income earners than women."

The poll also found a significant partisan divide on the issue, with 48 percent of Republicans saying their financial situation was better and 23 percent of Democrats saying the same. 

 

— Julia Manchester