By way of coinky-dink, there’s this Gail Collins—my personal favorite snark—op-ed today which opens thusly:
Let’s discuss how much better Congress would work if most of the members were women.
Just in time for the results of the first OTE officially non-representative survey: you choose the gender composition of the Congress. Drumroll, please…
No respondent assigned more than 50% to men, a few cited the gender composition of the population, and two entries assigned 1% to “other.”
So why am I going on about this? No particular reason—I just think it’s interesting. The question came up in a few different settings recently and even with politically diverse audiences, the results are always the same, around 2/3, 1/3, so pretty close to the OTE one above.
Collins would say that this result is motivated by the fact that people of all political stripes just want policy makers to stop with the incessant blah-blah and work stuff out, get things done, compromise, and they believe that more women in Congress would make that happen. Others seem motivated by the simple desire for diversity and representativeness. Either way, these results make sense to me and I’d bet you’d see something close to them in a representative poll.