Women Say They Will Be More Politically Involved in the 2020 Election

Supermajority Education Fund

January 30, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election draws near, Americans are increasingly participating in “get out the vote” efforts — and, according to a recent poll conducted by American University’s Women & Politics Institute and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, and provided to Axios, Democratic women in particular report that they are more politically engaged this year than in years past. 

Of the Democratic women polled, 39 percent said they would be more active in this year’s election than they had been in past years, and 42 percent of all women surveyed in 2019 said they’ve “encouraged friends or family to vote or get involved in a campaign or issue” in the past few years. Only 23 percent of Republican women said they would be more involved this year than in the past. Republican women who said they have not gotten involved in politics in recent years listed not knowing enough about political issues to get involved as their main reason for doing so. 

The poll also found that 40 percent of women of color who were polled said they would be more active in November’s election than in the past. This is especially significant for the Democratic party given that, as The New York Times reported 94 percent of black women who voted and 68 percent of Hispanic and Latino women who voted checked their ballots for Hillary Clinton. 

Traditionally, women have shown up to the polls in greater numbers than men. According to Axios, since the early 1980s, pollsters have reported that more women than men have voted, overall. In 2016, women between the ages of 18 and 64 outnumbered men in voter turnout; this was also true for the 2008 and 2000 elections, according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics. 

The 2016 presidential election appears to have motivated more women, especially those who lean to the left, to become politically engaged. As a result of the 2018 midterm election, more than 100 women—a record-breaking number, most of whom were Democrats—were sworn into the 116th Congress. As Vox reported at the time, the number of Republican women in the House shrank.

Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters, told Supermajority News that she is excited by the fact that more women are engaged in politics this year. 

“Politics is still very much a boy’s club and women constantly have to elbow their way into conversations and demand a seat at the table, even when the issues impact us most,” Kase said. “But we are making progress. The more women we have running for office, voting, and demanding their voices are heard, the more we can move the needle on issues that matter to us and improve our country for the women living in it.”