All Round View (Peshawar): The number of Russians who believe that women should not take part in politics is on the rise, a report by individualists pollster the Levada Center has revealed.
One in three Russians says that they do not approve of women in the political domain, up from 20 percent a year ago.
More assenters also said that women should not hold senior government positions on an equal footing with men. Some 38 percent said that they were against equality in the high echelons of power, compared to 28 percent in 2016.
In 2017, female politicians held roughly 15 percent of the seat in the Russian parliament. In Russia’s parliamentary elections themselves, 23 percent of candidates were women.
Russians no longer see a shortfall of women on their country’s political stage, according to a state-run survey that has followed attitudes toward female politicians for over 20 years.
Researchers estimate that up to 17% of legislative seats in Russia are currently held by women, about half the global average. In the late 1990s, women held less than 8% of State Duma seats and less than 3.4% of Federation Council seats.
Meanwhile, the share of respondents who told VTsIOM that there are currently enough women politicians has climbed over the years, from 27% in its 1998 survey to 40% in 2019. The number of respondents who want to see fewer women on the political stage has leveled off at 11% since 2016.
“If people felt a shortage of female politicians in the late 1990s, it’s been generally fulfilled now,” Valery Fyodorov, who heads the polling agency, said in a press release.
Assenters named weakness in the struggle for power, emotionality, and an inability to focus on work as the main disadvantages of women politicians. They pointed to the ability to be close to people, a different way of thinking, and professionalism as the advantages women politicians have over their male counterparts.
Male assenters were three times more likely to negatively view women politicians than female assenters, Fyodorov told the Kommersant newspaper.
“The stereotypical image of a politician remains predominantly male,” Fyodorov said in the press release.
“Russians think women sometimes don’t have the will and character for power struggles. Besides, family and children take up a lot of their time,” he said.
VTsIOM polled 1,600 Russian respondents on Sept. 12.
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