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Was Ségolène Royal Defeated by the Women’s Vote?: The Gender Gap in the 2007 Presidential Election

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In 2007, the Socialist Party selected a woman to contest the presidential election. This paper looks at whether or not this brought about a new gender gap in voting behaviour. The question is all the more relevant as Segolene Royal clearly made 'strategic use' of gender in the campaign. Drawing on two surveys conducted before and after the 2007 presidential election, answers to this question will be presented. The data illustrate both a gender and a generational effect which reinforced and built on each other at the polling station. Segolene Royal won over the youngest section of the electorate of both sexes though her electoral strength was even greater among young women than among young men. Among older voters, on the other hand, more women than men voted for the UMP candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy.
En 2007, le PS choisit une femme pour porter ses couleurs à l'élection présidentielle. Cet événement a-t-il suscité un nouveau gender gap électoral ? L'interrogation à laquelle répond l'article est d'autant plus pertinente que Ségolène Royal a fait un « usage stratégique » de son genre durant la campagne. L'analyse des données issues des enquêtes pré et post présidentielle 2007 met au jour un effet genre et un effet génération qui se renforcent et se cumulent dans les urnes. Favorite chez les juniors, Ségolène Royal a trouvé un écho encore plus grand parmi les jeunes femmes. Au contraire, le candidat de l'UMP, Nicolas Sarkozy, qui a été le compétiteur privilégié des seniors, a fait ses meilleurs scores auprès de l'électorat féminin âgé.
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hal-03417632 , version 1 (05-11-2021)

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Mariette Sineau. Was Ségolène Royal Defeated by the Women’s Vote?: The Gender Gap in the 2007 Presidential Election. Modern and Contemporary France, 2010, 18 (4), pp.491 - 503. ⟨hal-03417632⟩
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