Apparently, a lot of people do. Only 51% of American workers in this survey are "satisfied" with their bosses.
But other evidence paints a less gloomy picture. For example, a recent poll [pdf] by StrategyOne of over 500 American workers finds that over 80% of employees feel respected by their supervisors and believe their supervisors value their work. And I just heard from a Danish journalist about an ongoing effort by staffing firm Randstad to index satisfaction and other work-related attitudes and behavior across 26 countries. While Japan, according to it, has the lowest satisfaction, with only 41% of its workers calling themselves either very satisfied or satisfied with their employer, Denmark tops the charts at 83%. (Note that there is other research that shows the Danes are the happiest people in the world.) US workers, while not as satisfied as their near neighbors the Canadians (78%) still came in at 70%. Worldwide, some 68% of employees are satisfied with their employer. (I realize this does not necessarily mean they are satisfied with their bosses. The old saw that people leave bosses, not companies, is supported by a lot of research.)
Research on power poisoning suggests that because wielding authority over others leads to "dis-inhibition," impulsiveness, and disregard for and detachment from the reactions of others -- bosses are likely to do some pretty strange and offensive things. Here are a few examples to get you started:
He walks around the office with his shoes off, and doesn't realize that his feet stink.
She picks her nose during meetings.
He talks VERY loudly on his cell phone, even when talking of company secrets.
She talks and talks and talks, and seems incapable of listening.
He keeps forgetting to zip-up his pants after going to the men's room.
When we go to lunch, she eats food off our plates without asking permission.
He calls women "honey" and "sweetheart" and doesn't realize that they find it offensive.
Only some of which I've done. Actually, I'm kidding. For some reason, although I recognize all of those things as rude or unpleasant, it's not exactly what I think of when I think of "bad boss." I guess my mind goes more towards the psycho, the screamer, the scaredy-cat. In my experience, those are the worst kinds of bosses.