Explaining the gender gap in british public opinion

Welch Susan, Sue Thomas

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Abstract

The gender gap in British public opinion is explored using data from the 1983 British Election Study. Differences in opinions between men and women are examined in light of three explanations frequently offered to explain gender differences in political behavior: Socialization, situational factors such as employment and marital status, and structural factors. Findings indicate that there appears to be no major gender gap on basic ideology, but that women are more liberal than men on issues relating to force, the environment, and women's issues and more conservative on morality issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-44
Number of pages20
JournalWomen and Politics
Volume8
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1988

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public opinion
women's issues
election research
political behavior
gender
marital status
morality
socialization
gender-specific factors
ideology

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Susan, Welch ; Thomas, Sue. / Explaining the gender gap in british public opinion. In: Women and Politics. 1988 ; Vol. 8, No. 3-4. pp. 25-44.
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