Exploring the Gender Gap: A Data-Driven Learning Guide
Goal & Concept
The goal of this exercise is to explore the differences between men and women with respect to public opinion in areas important to political decision-making. Crosstabulation, Chi-square statistics, comparisons of means, and t-statistics will be used.
In political science literature, the gender gap refers to gender-based differences in public opinion, party preference, and vote choice. Research suggests that men and women differ when making political choices; specifically, women tend to identify with the Democratic Party more often and tend to be more ideologically liberal. As a result, women tend to have more liberal policy preferences than men.
Some research questions concerning the gender gap are:
- What factors lead women to identify more with the Democratic Party?
- How do men and women differ with respect to issue attitudes and policy preferences?
- Can the ideological and political differences between men and women be explained?
CITATION: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Exploring the Gender Gap: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16. Doi:10.3886/gendergap
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