Willingness to vote for a Woman president

538 has a post pulling up decades of Gallup data on the matter.  Progress!

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Of course, there are probably some people who really wouldn’t but are not saying so due to social desirability bias.  Still, I’ll take it where we have it least reached the point where it is entirely socially inappropriate not to vote for a woman just because she’s a woman.

This also reminded me of a chart I routinely use in my Gender & Politics class.

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As you can see, the American public has become a lot more tolerant of all sorts of different people becoming president.  Except the poor atheists– a student asked me recently about atheists in politics.  My response: I’m sure there are plenty, they just lie about it.  Anyway, interesting to have a little context on this.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Willingness to vote for a Woman president

  1. ohwilleke says:

    The case that Obama who was non-religious until he converted to Christianity as an adult about the same time that he started getting involved in politics is a closet atheist is much stronger than the case that he is a closet Muslim.

  2. itchy says:

    So the 2016 atheist candidate is the 1961 black candidate. Hm. Still sad.

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