Men are more confident to enter politics and more likely to have been encouraged to run, poll shows

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Men are more confident to enter politics and more likely to have been encouraged to run, poll shows

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Men have greater confidence in their ability to serve as politicians and are more likely to have been personally encouraged to enter politics, a new poll shows, underscoring factors why women are under-represented at all levels of elected office in Canada.

One obstacle highlighted by the poll for the Environics Institute is the degree to which men and women see themselves as qualified to run for election and the amount of encouragement they get to throw their hat into the political ring.

“It’s not going to shock people to hear that men have more self-confidence or a higher opinion of themselves than women might do and are more likely to see themselves as possible political candidates,” Andrew Parkin, the institute’s executive director.

Asked how qualified they feel to hold elected office, men are almost evenly divided — 48 per cent feel very or somewhat qualified while 51 per cent feel only a little or not at all qualified.

Women are much less confident — almost three-quarters of women feel only a little qualified or not at all qualified while only 27 per cent feel very or somewhat qualified.

Click here to read the full article published by The Star on 5 September 2019.

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