Proposal for 2016 ANES Time Series Study: Support for Diverse Political Candidates

There are potential discriminatory experiences for female, racial/ethnic minority, and LGBT political candidates. Respondents may feel a linked fate with diverse political candidates and therefore demonstrate more support for them. However, most public opinion datasets do not ask about the respondent’s likelihood of supporting diverse political candidates. The 2008 ANES contains a few questions that allow for an exploration of voter support for female candidates. This includes four questions designed to “examine whether respondents evaluate male and female representatives differently depending on policy area and the representative’s political party”1 (Clawson and Oxley, 2010). However, there is a need to provide questions that will allow for a truly intersectional analysis of the combined impact of candidates’ identities, controlling for party, as opposed to the traditional interaction-based analysis.

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