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Is it Gender, Religion or Both? A Role Congruity Theory of Candidate Electability in Transitional Tunisia

Lindsay J. Benstead

Is it Gender, Religion or Both? A Role Congruity Theory of Candidate Electability in Transitional Tunisia.

by Lindsay J. Benstead, Amaney A. Jamal and Ellen Lust

Do voters regard male and female candidates equally? Does the apparent religiosity of candidates help or hurt their electoral chances? Where biases exist, what explains them? In this study, respondents were presented with photos of a secular-appearing male and female candidate or a religious-appearing male and female candidate and asked to rate their willingness to vote for them. The results were published in March 2015 edition of Perspective on Politics.

Click her for the article summary, “Why Tunisians (don’t) vote for women,” published by The Washington Post "Monkey Cage."