Political Party Gender Gap | Carrie Chapman Catt


So the gender gap in
voting, where this gender gap in public opinion
sort of plays out, in the voting stage is that we’ve
seen since 1980 that there is something of a
democratic preference in the votes cast by women. And women are more
likely if they express a membership in a political
party, they’re more likely to express a membership
in the democratic party. Now this is not to
say that there aren’t conservative women and
there aren’t republican women. There are and there
are a lot of them. But if there was no gender
gap for example, and 52 percent of the population
voted republican, we would expect to see 52 percent
of men voting republican and 52 percent of women
voting republican, but that’s not what we see. In fact we see a fairly
durable pattern where women are slightly more
likely than what you would expect to support
democratic candidates and men are somewhat less
likely to support democratic candidates. That gender gap has been
as low as 4 percent in recent elections, and as
high as 11 percent, with the highest gender gaps
being in 1996 and 2018.

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