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Are You More Likely to Vote For a Woman?

Are You More Likely to Vote For a Woman?

After November's election, the number of women in Congress could drop significantly. Right now, 90 out of 541 seats are filled by women, and experts guess that number could drop to 80. But does it matter if the men who replace them favor "women-friendly" policies such as reproductive rights, equal pay, and maternity leave?

I'd say sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. While powerful female role models can help pave the way for other women by changing society's attitudes, sometimes female politicians favor turning back the clock on women's rights. If that's the case, many would rather vote for a progressive man.

If Sarah Palin ran against Barack Obama in 2012, you betcha women who strongly favor abortion rights and sex ed will vote against Palin regardless of her ovaries. But back in 2008, when Hillary Clinton ran against a politically similar Obama, Democratic women had a reason to vote for Hillary: she had a great shot at becoming the first female president and breaking the ultimate glass ceiling. So while gender might not decide your vote entirely, it could sway you if you're choosing between two similar candidates.

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amber512 amber512 7 years
To be honest, if the candidates are pretty equal to me, I tend to lean towards the woman.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I admit that I am biased along party lines. But whether the candidate is male or female, I really couldn't care.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Snarky- Maybe next election Condaleeza Rice will run and the example woman can vote for her. Then she can be pro-woman, pro-black and anti-woman, anti-black at the same time! Mad skills! Actually, Spacekat, what is your take on the conservative Ms. Rice? Where does she fit into your conservative= anti-woman/black equation?
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i agree mrsld...there are so many components to a person...picking just one isn't going to represent the individual that i am. i don't understand how it can be stated that voting based on gender or race is a conservative belief or that it means that supporting a male candidate over a woman is going against anything. it really makes no sense. for example, who should democratic black woman have voted for in the last set of presidential primaries? by the reasoning of some, if they voted for obama, that would be anti-women's suffrage. if they voted for hillary, they'd be pretty much supporting slavery. maybe they just shouldn't vote at all until an african american woman runs! i really can't think of anything more illogical.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
If the female in question represented my political values and was well-qualified for the job, then yes, I'd be more than happy and excited to be voting for a female. If it is a female like Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, or my home state's candidate of the moment, Sharron Angle, my vote is definitely NOT going for them.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
You grouped me with Glenn Beck. That is a personal attack! "I think the conservative idea of "not seeing race" or "not seeing gender" is a lovely platitude, but it ultimately empowers the people that don't have our interest in mind. It is a very blind attitude to history" What? Please explain! Not seeing race and gender is not a conservative idea last I checked. and how is not following a sexist and racist line ignoring history? It would seem to be trying to prevent us from repeating the mistakes of the past. I think that where we are missing each other is that I agree that the aim should be to get everyone equal representation no matter their beliefs But I am alot more then just a woman. So voting based on one minor factor such as gender would not get me the true representation that I deserve. I think anyone voting with such a narrow focus is short changing all of us and wasting their vote.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I wouldn't but I've know people that have. My friend, who is highly conservative, voted for Clinton in the Democratic primaries because she was the only woman and felt bad. I liked Hilary, I believed in her. But I wouldn't have voted for her because of her sex. I vote for the candidate I agree with the most. For example, I would never vote for a woman who has anti-woman policies, like Sarah Palin.
zeze zeze 7 years
"if two candidates are equal in all ways except sex/race, I am far more likely to vote for women or minorities- or better yet, minority women- just because they're underrepresented." DING, DING, DING!!!! I think that is the whole point of this discussion! No one is saying vote based on race/sex alone.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I do some very careful research before voting- I print out a sample ballot and look up every single person on it, and then I bring that sample ballot in with me to vote. So obviously character is my number one consideration. However, if two candidates are equal in all ways except sex/race, I am far more likely to vote for women or minorities- or better yet, minority women- just because they're underrepresented. Zeze I agree 100% when you said: "...I am much, much harder on women candidates. I expect more from them because it is easier to compare them to myself..." Roar I would vote for a porkchop, just because it's a porkchop.
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
The idea that I should vote for a woman or a black candidate because they will automatically represent me better than a man or a white person is just idiotic. If I don't believe what they believe how are they representing me regardless of their race/sex? That kind of ignorance is what helps perpetuate racism and sexism in society. The truth is that it shouldn't matter what color a person's skin is or what their genitals look like. It should be based on issues and their character. I think some people strive to be so liberal that they work themselves right back into the same old rhetorical corners that people have been fighting to get out of for centuries. The idea of having diverse representation works so that everyone can be represented by the best and most qualified person. It's not some sort of tool of retribution. Are we now saying that only women and minorities have the right to representation? And if so aren't you just exchanging one oppressor for another?
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
skg, you are so, so closed minded about conservatives. Someday I hope that you learn that half of all americans don't fit into your little redneck, uneducated, weak woman box you try to put them in.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Roarman- The supreme court IS a great example of diversity. It was put in place by the same presidents that WE voted in.So if you vote for candidates who represent your views on life then you will get the outcome that you want! They don't have to be your gender or race; they just have to believe in the issues that you believe in. Thanks for proving my point! ;)
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Actually, Spacekat, I am not a conservative! I think Glenn Beck should be shot. He is a disgusting human being. But I do believe that you should decide what is important to you and your country and vote a person in based on that. Voting for someone because they are a woman or black is just plain idiotic! People should vote for Obama because of his race?!?!?!? Seriously, Did it ever occur to you that his race has nothing to do with his policy! So for all the black business owners and black Doctors they should worry more about Obama's race and less about the fact that he will drive them out of business? I should vote for a woman because she's a woman and forget the fact that she is not going to do anything to stop the bailouts and rich businesses from destroying our country? I think you need a reality check dear!
Roarman Roarman 7 years
I vote for the candidate that aligns best with what is important to me. I can see what SKG is trying to say. It serves everyones best interest to have a government that is representative of the people. It has certainly helped the supreme court to move away from the all white, protestant make up that is was for decades. That doesn't mean that I would vote for someone JUST because they are a woman, or black, or a pork chop.
zeze zeze 7 years
I think I am less likely to vote for a woman. And it is not intentional. In theory, I would LOVE, LOVE to see a woman in charge and more women representing me, because I do agree that to some extent, men can't represent women as well as women can represent women. That does not mean that any woman is better than all men - but as an overall assessment, the closer someone is to your situation, the better they represent you, and it doesn't stop at gender either. That said - I've come to realize that because I am a woman and I relate to women more, I am much, much harder on women candidates. I expect more from them because it is easier to compare them to myself and think "I would never do that" - while I am more likely to dismiss things I disagree with with males. It is almost subconscious. For example, in 2008 I was an undecided voter for a long while, when I woke up and heard McCain had selected a woman VP, I was excited - I had no idea who Sarah Palin was and the more I googled, the less I wanted to know. By the end of the week I knew I was not voting McCain 100%. While I could live with a Biden being an absolute moron, I couldn't deal with such as ridiculous woman as my VP. I mean we have waited so long to see a woman in power, and this is the best we can come up with?!!! To make a long story short, it's more personal when it is a woman and therefore, I have much higher expectations.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'd vote for whomever I thought could do the job best. The fact that someone has two X chromosomes doesn't matter to me.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
WOW! So am I reading you right...all republican women are just weak females who fall under the control of powerful men? Hillary getting a stove for a few impoverished women does not undo her very "anti-feminist" behavior through the years. Just one small example being...her husband f-d around with an intern in the oval office and she stayed with him for her political career. A candidate with strong convictions that line up with mine will get my vote. I don't care the gender. What you are saying is as backwards as the people voting for Obama because of his race!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i vote for the candidate i agree with the most. man, woman, or pork chop.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Which interests Spacekat? Do you really think that Hilary and Sarah are a good representatives for you because they are women?
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
No! I would vote for the best candidate for the job. Frankly I think it's a little insulting to assume that women should just vote for women, regardless of what the female candidate stands for or which party she's in. I'd love to see a female president, but not if I'm totally against everything she stands for.
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