2020 Student Research Conference:
33rd Annual Student Research Conference

Does Gender Matter? Exploring the Partisan Gender Gap

Kaylee E. Jacobson
Dr. John Quinn, Faculty Mentor

The gender gap thesis in American electoral behavior literature suggests there is a widening difference in voting by gender.  This was first noticed with the Clinton-Dole campaign and became a finding in subsequent elections.  At the start of the 2016 election, many felt there would be a wider gender gap between candidates Trump and Clinton.  Many women voted for Clinton, yet 52% of white women voted for Trump (CNN 2016). This raises the question of how gender relates to Trump’s victory. I researched the gender gap in the 2016 presidential election, hypothesizing that after controlling for education, marital status, religion, income, age, and race, gender will not be a significant determinant of voting for Trump. Using the American National Election Survey database, a binary logistic regression found gender to be insignificant demonstrating gender alone cannot be used to explain the 2016 outcome.  These implications affect future political campaigning and representation.

Keywords: partisan gender gap, 2016 presidential election, gender, vote choice for Trump

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

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