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POLITICAL INSIDERS POLL

Poll: Is It Easier or Harder for Women to Advance in Politics Than It Is for Men?

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From left: Christina Romer, Mary Jo White, Sheila Bair, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Brooksley Born(AP Photos)

Do you think it's harder or easier for women to advance in politics than it is for men?

DEMOCRATS (90 VOTES)

Harder: 81%
Easier: 3%
No difference: 16%

 

Harder

"Depends on which office she is running for. It's usually a challenge for women to break into power-broker networks to raise money."

"All you have to do is look at the percentages of women in Congress and state legislatures and see that women have it tougher than men advancing."

 

"Old prejudices die very hard."

"Harder to get started. But advancing beyond entry level is getting easier."

"Women have to conform to a different standard than men—they have to be both accomplished and have stature AND personally connect with people. They are held to a different standard around appearance, and there are still pockets of voters who don't want to vote for women."

"Life is still unfair."

 

"Take a look around D.C., and that should answer your question."

"It's still, 'You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.' Very few strong assertive females are treated the same as their male counterparts. They are labeled if they are outspoken."

"Men raise and give the money required for a modern campaign, but women are catching up on all fronts."

"They don't get asked to play basketball."

Easier

"The male brand is suffering, and the electorate will realize the time for women in politics is now."

No difference

"Let me point out that here in [New Hampshire], women occupy the positions of both U.S. senators, both members of Congress, governor, speaker of the House, Senate minority leader, chief justices of the Supreme and Superior courts, chair of the GOP, and on and on. In other words, women rule."

"Politics is hardball for everyone."

 

Do you think it's harder or easier for women to advance in politics than it is for men?

REPUBLICANS (80 VOTES)

Harder: 44%
Easier: 25%
No difference: 31%

Harder

"Women connect better, and often on a deeper level, with voters. The problem is, they have a harder time connecting with donors, which makes for a more difficult equation on the net."

"More to prove, and women usually get a later start or derailed because of kids and family."

"The times they are a-changin' but it takes time. It's harder for GOP women than Dem women."

"In a town where some elected men refuse to be alone with a female staffer, and other elected men take sexual advantage of their staff, and others hire only attractive women—it's a whole different ballgame."

"It's still a man's world generally in politics at all levels for a variety of reasons, including women having more family responsibilities than men and conservative women less likely to run, and tradition. However, the world is changing, and if Hillary runs in 2016 and wins, that could change the paradigm."

Easier

"Women are increasingly seen as problem solvers, not partisan fighters."

"At some point, the actual record counts. For good reasons, women are recruited."

"Talented women get noticed quickly in a sea of undifferentiated ambitious men. But the bar for them to compete and win isn't any lower."

"They are more engaged as a gender and more likely to persevere."

No difference

"Today, women are a plus in almost any race."

"In my home state, the entire congressional delegation, the governor, and the speaker of the state Legislature are all women. What was the question again?"

"We're living in the 21st rather than 19th century."

"No harder than any other competitive profession."

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