Barry Burden’s Research on Gender Bias and Underrepresentation of Women in Elected office Feature in the Washington Post

Barry Burden and Yoshikuni Ono find that women are more likely to win nominations running in Democratic rather than in Republican primaries. After presenting survey respondents with randomly generated fictional candidates, the results show that gender played a role in the generated contests where two candidates had the same party. Burden and Ono hypothesize that this difference may result from the fact that Republicans primary voters view female candidates as more liberal as compared to male candidates. For Democrats, however, candidate gender does not convey a similar ideological signal.

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