Cook (1989) suggests that a single indicator, such as a feeling thermometer, does not adequately measure a complex phenomenon such as feminist beliefs.
Do feminist beliefs differ between women and men and across generations?
Feminist beliefs was crosstabulated by gender and across generations; it was then crosstabulated with generation using gender as a control variable.
Their relative impact can also be compared with feminist beliefs on abortion policy support.
The crosstabulation finds no significant differences in feminist beliefs between men and women or across generations.
Table 2 shows that the relationship between generation and feminist beliefs is not significant.
The last cross-tabulation examines the relationship between generation and feminist beliefs among men and among women (See Table 3).
Generation, feminist beliefs, ideology and partisanship served as independent variables.
Variable B Error Beta t Significance Feminist Beliefs .
Those neither alive nor cognizant of the feminist movement because they were too young may support feminist beliefs because preconceived notions about women's social roles were either not yet in place or not as firmly entrenched as they were for older generations whose resistance to feminist viewpoints was already in place when activist women sought redress during the 1960s.
Partisanship is the strongest predictor of abortion rights support among men while feminist beliefs achieve the strongest impact on abortion rights support among women.
The results also show that generation, in and of itself, does not achieve a statistically significant impact on abortion policy support while feminist beliefs do show a meaningful impact.