Center for American Women and Politics
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Zugriff am: 01 September, 2016
The “gender gap” refers to differences between women and men in political attitudes and voting choices. A gender gap has been apparent in voting behavior, party identification, evaluations of performances of recent presidents, and attitudes toward some public policy issues. A gender gap is apparent in the way women and men respond to a variety of contemporary issues. Among many issues gender gaps have been observed, recent polls have found that, compared with men, women are: - more likely to favor a more activist role for government; - more supportive of programs to guarantee health care and basic social services; - more supportive of restrictions on firearms; - more supportive of same-sex marriage; and - more likely to favor legal abortion without restrictions. In addition to these issue-based trends, there is also a gender gap evident in how men and women feel about the outlook for the country. Recent polls have found that, compared with men, women are slightly more optimistic and/or satisfied with the direction in which the country is going.