ERIC Number: ED108265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
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Women in Politics: Images and Voter Support.
Wilson, Gary B.
The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) to investigate the general image of women who are active in politics and compare that image with the general image of men who are politically active, (2) to examine the general area of sex-related voting patterns when a major woman condidate is involved, and (3) to determine whether or not a female candidate influences the major issues in an election. Telephone interview data were collected from 82 voter registrants on the Connecticut races for governor and state representative. Newspaper content analysis was made for three Connecticut races: governor, state senator, and state representative. The results indicated that there were great differences in the perceived honesty and fairness in favor of women as opposed to men in politics. The issues raised in two of the three races studied showed no apparent sex-related influence. Furthermore, no sex-related voting patterns were apparent. The results further suggest that women are viable candidates who can run and win on an equal basis with men and that in the past they have lacked opportunities rather than qualifications. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut