Identity politics, partisanship, and voting for women candidates

Eric Plutzer, John F. Zipp

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In 1992 a record 14 women sought statewide office by running "as women" and as representatives of women. In this article we examine whether their appeals led to widespread voting on the basis of gender identity. We find evidence that the sex of the voter is significantly related to voting for female candidates in eight of 13 states, and among partisans of both parties as well as Independents. Further, we find that these effects are amplified by Democratic female candidates who are rated as most feminist, and that this is especially the case for those with no partisan attachments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-57
Number of pages28
JournalPublic Opinion Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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