Study finds women see female lawmakers as more competent, having more integrity

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year./Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

By Danielle Kurtzleben |NPR

This year has brought with it a wave of women interested in running for office, particularly among Democrats. And though Republicans have seen less of a wave, Congress has gained one GOP woman already this year: Georgia’s Karen Handel.

A new study hints at where candidates and legislators can find their strongest supporters: Women tend to think more highly of female legislators on a variety of measures. With men, though, it depends on party; Republican men have reservations about the women representing them, whereas Democratic men in some ways rate women more highly than men.

Here is a rundown of what the researchers found, what it means and what it doesn’t:

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