Gender Attitudes and American Public Opinion in the Trump Era

Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition, and Government Performance. Eric Patashnik and Wendy Schiller (eds.). Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2020

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John Sides

Department of Political Science

Michael Tesler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lynn Vavreck

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Political Science

Date Written: March 9, 2020

Abstract

We document the heightened salience of gender attitudes to political views and choices in the Trump era. In particular, we show that beliefs about the harassment of and discrimination toward women were more strongly related to: voting behavior in the 2016 and 2018 elections compared to other recent elections; views of Trump in 2018 compared to 2016; and support for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh compared to support for the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. We also find ongoing partisan polarization on several measure of gender attitudes, which suggests an alignment that could persist even after the Trump presidency.

Keywords: gender, sexism, public opinion, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, voting behavior, election, Brett Kavanaugh

Suggested Citation

Sides, John and Tesler, Michael and Vavreck, Lynn, Gender Attitudes and American Public Opinion in the Trump Era (March 9, 2020). Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition, and Government Performance. Eric Patashnik and Wendy Schiller (eds.). Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3551257

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