Fewer than 1/4th of Republicans Support Electing More Women to Congress

New poll reveals staggering partisan gender divide on women in politics.

Only 23 percent of Republicans surveyed in a new ABC News/Fusion poll agree that it would be a good thing if more women were elected to Congress, compared with 60 percent of Democrats, The Atlantic reported.

The Rutgers Centre for Research on Women produced a graphic highlighting the results of the poll, which revealed a strong gender divide on attitudes to women in leadership.

The results of the poll predictably found that Democratic women were most in favor of electing women to Congress (69 percent) followed by Democratic men (54 percent).

On the contrary, only 24 percent of Republican women and 22 percent of GOP men viewed women in Congress as a good thing.  

Perhaps more disturbing, while 68 percent of Democrats agreed that women have fewer opportunities than men in the workplace, only 38 percent of Republicans held that belief.

In other words, as Bustle alludes, almost 75 percent of GOP women don’t think it is important for their own party to elect women in Congress to represent their beliefs.

Pollster author Gary Langer said this finding is illustrative of the fact that partisanship trumps gender in views among Republicans on electing women to Congress.

Perhaps this explains why women in Congress are still heavily underrepresented in the United States.  At present, women hold only 18.3 percent of seats in the 113th U.S Congress - with the majority of females being democrats.

Such findings are consistent with another recently released Global Gender Gap report by The World Economic Forum last week which further confirmed the serious gender disparity that exists in U.S. politics.

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Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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