Political Behavior

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 503–523 | Cite as

The Gender Gap in Ideology

  • Barbara Norrander
  • Clyde Wilcox
Original Paper


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.


Gender gap Ideology Issues Group alignments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GovernmentGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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