Political knowledge and gender stereotypes

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Abstract

This study uses original data to investigate the individual-level determinants of voters' political gender stereotypes. I find that beliefs about men's emotional suitability for politics predict voter stereotypes about the ability of politicians to handle issues, whereas political knowledge predicts voter stereotypes about politicians' issue positions. Therefore, whereas some political gender stereotypes can primarily be explained by beliefs about the traits of men and women in general, other stereotypes are more related to knowledge about politics. This study suggests that whereas some political gender stereotypes may change if differences in the behavior of men and women politicians narrow, other stereotypes may be more enduring and less susceptible to change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-594
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Candidate
  • Gender
  • Knowledge
  • Stereotypes
  • Voting behavior

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