Do Republicans hate women presidential candidates?

Maybe.  But Democrats do, too.  My partner-in-crime, Laurel Elder supervised a really cool senior thesis of one of her students, Jackie Davis.  She partially updated one of my favorite studies from a decade ago, where respondents were asked to evaluate the suitability for office of hypothetical candidates, Brian Miller and Karen Miller.  Of course, the only difference between the candidates was the clearly-gendered first name.  On the bright side, Karen wasn’t really punished when running for Senate, but Brian was seen as much more qualified for president.  (On a fun side note, “Terry” came out right between the two of them).

So, Jackie basically replicated the presidential part of this with Jessica Stone and Joshua Stone (you can check out Jessica’s impressive, non-partisan resume here).  The results, unsurprising, but nonetheless, depressing.  Joshua just kills Jessica as being seen as qualified to be president (again, identical resume).  Here’s the key graph:

Also, note how that gap among Republicans is especially large as compared to the Democratic gap– yep, that’s statistically significant (the original study never showed any results by party of respondent).  So, I guess you could say that everybody discriminates against women presidential candidates, but Republicans  really discriminate.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

3 Responses to Do Republicans hate women presidential candidates?

  1. Terrant says:

    Well, poop. The original study is behind a paywall. Do you know of of any studies that tried to disprove it and if so, what were the results?

  2. R. Jenrette says:

    No surprise here. There are many more evangelicals on the Republican side which means a more patriarchal religious view. Women didn’t get the right to vote until long after landless white men and then black men got it. They had very limited property rights. Florida may still have a law on the books that allowed husbands to beat their wives provided the stick was no more than 1/4 inch around.
    And so it goes. Every step of the way has to be fought and sometimes we go backward.

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