Category: News Tracking

Study: Racism and Sexism Predict Support for Trump Much More Than Economic Dissatisfaction

German Lopez, Vox – January 4, 2017

A new paper by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta puts the blame back on the same factors people pointed to before the election: racism and sexism. And the research has a very telling chart to prove it, showing that voters’ measures of sexism and racism correlated much more closely with support for Trump than economic dissatisfaction after controlling for factors like partisanship and political ideology.

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100 Years of the ‘Gender Gap’ in American Politics

Anya Jabour, The Conversation – November 24, 2016

Men and women did not vote the same way in 2016. In fact, the Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton contest yielded the largest gender gap – the difference between women’s and men’s voting behavior – in U.S. history. Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by the same amount – a 24-point gap. The gap is growing. Twenty points separated the sexes in 2012.

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Behind Trump’s Victory: Divisions by Race, Gender, Education

Alec Tyson & Shiva Maniam, Pew Research Center – November 9, 2016

Donald Trump scored an impressive Electoral College victory Nov. 8 after a campaign that revealed deep divisions – by race, gender and education – that were as wide and in some cases wider than in previous elections, according to an analysis of national exit poll data.

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This Election Could Shatter More Than One Glass Ceiling

Lesley Clark, Star-Telegram – November 1, 2016

Hillary Clinton often invokes breaking the glass ceiling in her bid for the presidency. But next week’s election could also shatter a glass ceiling if the next president, be it Clinton or Donald Trump, takes aim: No woman has served as treasury secretary, defense secretary or veterans affairs secretary, according to an analysis by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutger’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.

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Does Donald Trump Talk Like a Woman?

Heather Schwedel, Slate – October 27, 2016

Linguistic analysis reveals that Trump uses tentative language, emotion-laden words, fewer long words, and fewer prepositions and articles, all characteristics that are strongly associated with women, a category of people Trump frequently dismisses and degrades.

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Speaking While Female, and at a Disadvantage

Marie Tessier, New York Times – The Upshot – October 27, 2016

Women’s voices are often missing and discounted in public affairs, even when they have seats at the tables of power. They speak less, make fewer motions and are more often subject to negative interruptions. Similar patterns prevail online.

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The Divide Over America’s Future: 1950 or 2050?

Betsy Cooper, Ph.D., Daniel Cox, Ph.D., Rachel Lienesch, Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., PRRI – October 25, 2016
Pessimism about the direction of the country is considerably higher today (74%) than it was at this time during the 2012 presidential race, when 57% of the public said the country was off on the wrong track.

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Why Women Are Still Voting for Trump, Despite His Misogyny

The role of sex and gender in this election extends beyond Donald Trump’s personal history and the media’s excessive scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s voice. Trump’s ethno-nationalist populism reflects anxieties over the changing role of women and men in society against a backdrop of harrowing economic crisis and demographic change that will soon make the United States a majority-minority country.

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How Sexism Drives Support for Donald Trump

Carly Wayne, Nicholas Valentino and Marzia Oceno, Washington Post – October 23, 2016

This raises a key question: How much do attitudes about gender and women affect attitudes toward Donald Trump? Our research shows that these attitudes do matter — over and above factors that others have widely noted, such as authoritarianism, ethnocentrism and anxiety about economic stagnation. Moreover, the anger so visible in this emotionally charged campaign may be helping to make sexism more of a political force.

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