Pew Research study on how gender relates to political attitudes
In a political context marked by the historical fact that a woman is the leading candidate for presidential nomination of a major USA political party, Hillary Clinton, Pew Research Center Survey explains how gender relates to political attitudes. Five facts are highlighted:
- Women in the survey said men had an easier path to political leadership, and they also were more likely to say that having more female leaders would improve the quality of life for women.
- About half (47%) of women said that a major reason there are not more women in top political offices is that female candidates are held to higher standards than men, compared with 28% of men who said so.
- There was a wide and consistent gender gap in opinions about the relative strengths of male and female political leaders.
- There were generational differences among women in the survey on the attributes that a woman brings to political office.
- Democrats were more enthused than Republicans about a potential female president.