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Here in Russia, women tend to be much more right-wing than men.

Women more often support free market, privatization, vote for billionaires, support the US and NATO policy, support copyright, anti-Communism and other policies associated with the right-wing.

Men are much more patriotic, support big government, protectionism, budget spending, price control, nationalization of key industries and pressure on the oligarchs. They also often express anti-Americanism and oppose NATO bombings worldwide.

Women are also more kin to learn foreign languages and get a profession associated with finances and management while men are likely to work in industry and to study engineering.

So I want to learn what is average distribution of political sympathies between right-wing and left-wing policies by sexes in other countries.

  • When you say "vote for billionaires", are you talking about oligarchs who are literally running for Russia's equivalent of parliament, or opposing the prosecution of oligarchs? – Andrew Grimm Jul 20 '13 at 13:15
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    Did you see the questions on this site that very clearly explained that not are "right" and "left" simply meaningless, but as popularly used, they are 100% reversed in Russia vs. USA ? – user4012 Jul 22 '13 at 0:07
  • Also, it's kind of hard to NOT vote for billionairs in Russia. Putins PZhiV is just as full of them as "libraly". – user4012 Jul 22 '13 at 0:08
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    @DVK your impression about "left" and "right" in Russia is wrong. In Russia too, if you are closer to communists, you are left. Nemtsov and Yavlinsky are indeed right. Your confusion possibly stems from the perestroika-era impression when anti-Communists disguised their ideology as "true socialism" and as "return to Leninist principles" so to gain popular support while in fact seeking to restore capitalism. Many people were fooled with this rhetoric indeed. – Anixx Jul 22 '13 at 11:15
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    I suspect the difference between men and women, globally, is on the authoritarian scale rather than the economic scale. – TRiG Jul 23 '13 at 22:44
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In USA (and likely, in the rest of the western countries) the gender gap is decidedly the opposite to what your thesis is for Russia (though, without details of Russian polls and statistics, I am unsure how much of the data in your question is a personal guess and how much a fact).

The people press has reported recent statistics (this is Pew which is typically considered somewhat of a Democrat-biased polling, but the margins are huge enough that the bias won't matter):

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Now, in USA, the really interesting fact is that this huge dis-balance is entirely due to unmarried women (I can list speculated reasons, but DA would start screaming that it's a biased answer). From ABC in April 2012:

In February, 64 percent of unmarried women said they would vote for Obama over Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, according to a Democracy Corps survey analyzed by Democratic pollsters. Only 31 percent picked the GOP candidate. The gap — 33 points — was 10 points bigger than in it was in January.

Now look at what married women say: 56 percent said they would vote for Romney, and only 37 percent for Obama, with virtually no change from January to February.

  • Is Obama considered more left-wing in the USA? – Anixx Jul 22 '13 at 13:38
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    @Anixx - I prefer to avoid using left/right terminology :) More billionairs (especially Wall Street kind) supported Obama than McCain. He's closer to communism than Republicans, if that's what you want to know. – user4012 Jul 22 '13 at 13:41
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    As I see it, Obama conducts extreme right-wing policy: bombings and supplying weapons against leftist and left-center regimes, introduction of Obamacare, in essence a per-person tax, similar to what was introduced in UK under Teatcher (who is known as extreme right-winger), support for islamists abroad... – Anixx Jul 29 '13 at 21:11
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    @Anixx debates of Obama being leftist vs. centrist aside, most would agree in the US that he was left of McCain. – user1530 Jul 29 '13 at 22:09
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    @Anixx DVK's answer is showing the candidate FURTHER to the left has more support of women. We can argue all day as to where Obama is on the political spectrum (likely to no consensus) but I believe most everyone agrees that given the choice between two particular candidates, Obama is to the left of McCain. – user1530 Jul 30 '13 at 0:36
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The following is not a country-by-country study of the gender gap, but an economic theory of why it exists. http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/399221-tom-au/80964-men-are-stocks-women-are-bonds

In the U.S., the gender gap extends to the "left," and women are more liberal, because they have more options. In traditional societies like Russia, they are more conservative, because their social holdings are more like "bonds," with fewer, but better protected rights, hence more interested in stability than in change.

(I am no expert on politics, but as the published author of A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing, have some expertise on stocks and bonds. I also believe in Keynes' dictum that "Practical (wo)men...find themselves the slaves of some defunct economist.")

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    First, you should describe what meaning of "liberal" you mean - the American one or the one used in all other countries. In America "liberal" means "left", in other counties it means "right". In Russia women support liberals (in right-wing meaning) and in no way conservative (conservative means left-wing or patriotic in Russia, women are mostly anti-patriotic, pro-West, pro-free-market). – Anixx Jul 29 '13 at 21:08
  • Full disclosure - both the blog and the book linked are authored by the user who posted the answer :) Doesn't invalidate the answer in any way, just clarifying that. – user4012 Jul 30 '13 at 13:57

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