A new Gallup poll has revealed significant differences in how American men and women – and Democrats and Republicans – are responding to COVID-19.
Survey says: According to the survey, published last week, women express more fear about contracting the coronavirus and show “a greater propensity to take protective measures against infection” than do men.
- Beliefs: 60% of women say they are “very” or “somewhat” worried about getting coronavirus, as compared to only 47% of men.
- Behavior: 93% of female respondents say they wear protective masks when outside the home, whereas 89% of men say the same.
The politics: Politics, though, swamp gender in predicting Americans’ reactions to the pandemic, the Gallup poll found.
“[T]he average Democratic man is more cautious with respect to COVID-19 than the average Republican woman,” Gallup determined.
- Who’s worried about getting coronavirus?: 77% of Democratic men compared to only 20% of Republican men.
- Who fears they’ll contract COVID-19 while on the job?: 57% of Democratic men; 23% of Republican men.
- On “always practicing social distancing”: 54% of Democratic men say they are always on guard; 19% of Republican men say the same.
- Who’s avoiding going out in public due to COVID? 70% of Democratic men; 31% of Republican men.
- When it comes to small gatherings with family and friends: A majority of male Democrats, 63%, are opting out; 27% of Republican men are saying “no” to get-togethers with family and friends.
- Big crowds: 89% of Democratic men avoid them; same goes for 48% of their Republican counterparts.
- Who’s wearing masks indoors when they can’t socially distance? 90% of Democratic men; 40% of Republican men.
- What about masks outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible? 36% of Democratic men; 10% of Republican men.
Just 5% of Democratic men are ready to resume normal activities “right now,” according to Gallup.
- But fully 64% of male Republicans are ready to get back to business.
According to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey, Republicans value masculinity significantly more than Democrats do.
- A gender gap between the two parties’ supporters has grown in recent years, Pew found in 2018, with men increasingly leaning Republican and women Democratic.