The leading political parties report different opinions on the issue. If they discovered there was a salary imbalance despite identical skills and experience, four in ten Democrats (40%) say they would take a salary cut, as opposed to a quarter of Republicans (25%). Nearly half of Republicans (49%) say they would not take a paycut.

While several male TV hosts at the BBC have agreed to take pay cuts, more men won’t. Less than a third of men (32%) say they would take a reduction in their salary in the name of fairness and more than four in ten (44%) say they would not take a salary cut. Women are slightly more likely to take a paycut (34%) than say they wouldn’t (31%), though just by three percentage points.