Men and Masculinities

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The World Values Survey was used to explore the attitudes people have toward politics. The study posed the question; How does race, ethnicity, and gender affect people's attitudes and their perception of the importance of politics It was hypothesized that the importance of politics would be correlated to the gender or race's representation in government offices and positions.


It was found that 39.6% (p=0.00) of white males think politics is rather or very important. This compares with 40.4% (p=0.00) of black males and 40.1% (p=0.00) of Hispanic males. The number of white males who thought politics was not very important or not at all important was 59.4% (p=0.00). Black males in this category were 58.2% (p=0.00) while Hispanics were 58.9% (p=0.00).
White females had 33.3% (p=0.00) that believed politics was rather or very important. Blacks in this group numbered 31.1% (p=0.00) and Hispanic females were at 29.7% (p=0.00). The numbers of white females who thought that politics was not very or not at all important was 65.6% (p=0.00). Black females in this group numbered 66.6% (p=0.00) and Hispanic females were 68.8% (p=0.00).
The results clearly showed that men were more likely to believe that politics was rather or very important than were women. However, there was very little difference across racial and ethnic lines. In fact, black males who are traditionally underrepresented in government were the most likely to believe that politics was important. However, the differences between white, black, and Hispanic males were small.
The differences in gender were much more pronounced. ...
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