Ignorance is Bliss? Age, Misinformation, and Support for Women's Representation

Barry C. Burden*, Yoshikuni Ono

*この研究の対応する著者

研究成果: Article査読

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抄録

Most people overestimate how many women have been elected to Congress and state legislatures, but this misinformation reduces with age. Multivariate analysis of our original survey data confirms that young people are prone to overestimating how many seats are held by women, and this pattern is especially sharp among male respondents. In addition, a memory of being represented by a woman in the past tends to inflate overestimates further. Erroneous thinking among the young may produce an "ignorance is bliss"effect by reducing the apparent need to elect more women to office and raising levels of trust in government. In contrast, more realistic beliefs among older people make the dominance of men in public office more apparent and actionable.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)838-859
ページ数22
ジャーナルPublic Opinion Quarterly
84
4
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 通信
  • 履歴
  • 社会学および政治科学
  • 社会科学(全般)
  • 科学史および科学哲学

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