A Quinnipiac University poll published Tuesday found that 62 percent of American voters would not vote for a candidate accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, but that Republican voters were far more willing to vote for accused sexual harassers. Across every demographic category of age, gender, race, and education level, a majority of voters said that they would "definitely not vote" for the hypothetically accused candidate. It was only when Quinnipiac sorted voters by partisan affiliation that they found a single group where a relative majority was willing to vote for an accused sexual harasser: Republicans.
While every single demographic and partisan category — including 82 percent of Republicans — strongly believed that sexual harassment of women is a serious problem, 43 percent of Republican voters said they still would vote for a candidate accused multiple times of such conduct. Only 41 percent said they would not vote for the candidate. By comparison, 81 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of independents, 53 percent of men, and 70 percent of women said they would not vote for that candidate.
Similarly, 49 percent of Republican voters contacted by Quinnipiac said that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors, should not be expelled by the Senate if he is elected. In every other demographic category, save for white men, a majority of voters believed that Moore should be expelled if he wins the seat.
Sure, you may claim that your political beliefs don't affect your non-political judgments, but is that really true? This Vox quiz is a foolproof way to find out.
It's an implicit-association test, which means it detects your subconscious, snap judgments rather than your conscious thoughts. The same test was used in a Stanford study on the polarization of the American electorate (PDF), which discussed how people discriminate against others based on party lines, noting that "party cues exert powerful effects on non-political judgments and behaviors."
The quiz accompanies a Vox feature story published Monday on how political affiliations are "becoming a fundamental identity in American life," fueling mutual animosity and discrimination between Republicans and Democrats. Take the quiz here. Sally Gao