Minding the Black Gender Gap: Gender Differences in Public Opinion among Black Americans

Mary Kate Lizotte, Tony E. Carey

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There is little research examining the gender gap in public opinion among Americans of African descent. Amid emerging evidence that Black men are more conservative than Black women, there is reason to believe there may be gender differences in their policy preferences. We use the 1980-2016 cumulative ANES data to observe when racial and gender considerations will be more salient for Black women in determining their policy preferences. We find no gender gap on race-based policies suggesting racial group interests may be driving similar support among Black men and women. We do find gender differences on women’s issues and social welfare policies. We attribute Black women’s support for women’s issues to their gendered interests and demonstrate the gap in social welfare attitudes is mediated by their lower economic status relative to Black men. Despite these differences, we discover that Black men and women support race-oriented and social welfare policies more than either white men or women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-503
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Black public opinion
  • gender gap
  • race gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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