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Myth and Reality: The ERA and the Gender Gap in the 1980 Election

Jane J. Mansbridge
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 49, No. 2 (Summer, 1985), pp. 164-178
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2748825
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Myth and Reality: The ERA and the Gender Gap in the 1980 Election
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Abstract

Attitudes toward the Equal Rights Amendment were not an important factor in the emergence of the "gender gap" in the 1980 presidential election. Conclusions to the contrary by news analysts, feminist political activists, and political scientists are based on a combination of the power of expectation, faulty analysis, and random bias in the most frequently used survey in political science.

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