Journal article

Do Voters Judge the Performance of Female and Male Politicians Differently? Experimental Evidence from the United States and Australia

Roosmarijn A de Geus, John R McAndrews, Peter John Loewen, Aaron Martin

POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Do gender stereotypes about agency affect how voters judge the governing performance of political executives? We explore this question using two conjoint experiments: one conducted in the United States and the other in Australia. Contrary to our expectations, we find no evidence in either experiment to suggest that female political executives (i.e., governors, premiers, and mayors) receive lower levels of credit than their male counterparts for positive governing performance. We do find evidence that female executives receive less blame than male executives for poor governing performance—but only in the U.S. case. Taken together, our findings suggest that the stereotype of male agency has on..

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