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Political narratives and the US partisan gender gap

Antinyan, Armenak ORCID:, Bassetti, Thomas, Corazzini, Luca and Pavesi, Filippo 2021. Political narratives and the US partisan gender gap. Frontiers in Psychology 12 , 675684. 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.675684

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Social scientists have devoted considerable research effort to investigate the determinants of the Partisan Gender Gap (PGG), whereby US women (men) tend to exhibit more liberal (conservative) political preferences over time. Results of a survey experiment run during the COVID-19 emergency and involving 3,086 US residents show that exposing subjects to alternative narratives on the causes of the pandemic increases the PGG: relative to a baseline treatment in which no narrative manipulation is implemented, exposing subjects to either the Lab narrative (claiming that COVID-19 was caused by a lab accident in Wuhan) or the Nature narrative (according to which COVID-19 originated in the wildlife) makes women more liberal. The polarization effect documented in our experiment is magnified by the political orientation of participants' state of residence: the largest PGG effect is between men residing in Republican-leaning states and women living in Democratic-leaning states.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 1664-1078
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 13 May 2021
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 02:15

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