The gender gap in ideology

Barbara Norrander, Clyde Wilcox

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Over the past few decades, a gender gap has emerged in the mass public in ideological self-placement. While most men and women moved in the conservative direction, another segment of women retained their liberal self-identifications. A gender gap also exists in how men and women define their ideology. Which issues are linked to ideological identities is conditioned by gender and time period. Finally, ideological identities are structure by nonpolitical values as well as political issues. Religiosity and religious beliefs have come to increasingly shape Americans' ideological identities, with some differences across the two sexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-523
Number of pages21
JournalPolitical Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Gender gap
  • Group alignments
  • Ideology
  • Issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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