Sexism Predicts Favorability of Women in the 2020 Democratic Primary… and Men?
Considerable research has examined the role of sexism and vote choice, especially within the context of the 2016 presidential election. These findings are clear, consistent, and unequivocal – sexism hurt Hillary Clinton at the ballot box. However, the 2020 presidential primary provides an opportunity to examine sexism's effects on candidate favorability among a broader range of candidates. Using data on candidate favorability from the 2019 VOTER survey, I find that sexism is unsurprisingly predictive of lower favorability of women running for the Democratic nomination. However, I also find that sexism influences support for men running for the nomination, in a way that is statistically indistinguishable from its effect on support for women. This effect persists even among only Democratic respondents.
Utych, Stephen M. (2021). "Sexism Predicts Favorability of Women in the 2020 Democratic Primary. . . and Men?". Electoral Studies, 71, 102184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2020.102184