Hostile Sexism, Racial Resentment, and Political Mobilization

Kevin K. Banda, Erin C. Cassese

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Abstract

We argue that hostile sexism and racial resentment play an important and somewhat underappreciated role in American elections through their influence on voter turnout and engagement with political campaigns. The effects of these attitudes are not straightforward but depend on partisanship. We evaluate whether high levels of racial resentment and hostile sexism cross-pressure Democratic partisans, resulting in lower levels of political participation. We further consider whether high levels of racial resentment and hostile sexism bolster participation among Republicans. We find evidence of these divergent effects on the political mobilization of white voters using the 2016 American National Election Study. The results support our expectations and suggest that cuing resentment-based attitudes was an important strategy for engaging voters in the 2016 presidential campaign and will likely play an important role in future campaigns as well.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitical Behavior
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Campaigns and elections
  • Hostile sexism
  • Partisanship
  • Political behavior
  • Racial resentment
  • Voter turnout

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