Poll: Less than half of female millennials identify as feminists

Poll: Less than half of female millennials identify as feminists
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Less than half of millennial women said they think of themselves as feminists, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

CBS News released the poll that found 46 percent of American women aged 18-35 identified as feminists with only 34 percent of women over the age of 35 identifying the same way.

The results were split along party lines with 63 percent of millennials who identify as Democrats surveyed saying they associated themselves with the term and only 29 percent of Republican millennial respondents saying the same. Forty-eight percent of those that identified as independents said they felt they were feminists.

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The women surveyed also were split on how they define the term.

Of those surveyed in the age group, 69 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents said they consider the term feminist to mean political, economic and social equality among the sexes, while 39 percent of those that called themselves Republicans said they think it is a term used for blaming men for women's challenges.

The CBS poll revealed a similar political divide among women regarding their representation in political office.

Forty-six percent of women said that having more women in political office would make things better. Only Democratic women came out strongly in favor of the idea, at 76 percent.

Twenty-five percent of Republican women and 39 percent of female independents said it would improve things to have more female politicians.

The CBS News-Refinery29 survey was conducted by YouGov with a nationally representative sample of 2,093 adult U.S. women. The margin of error for the whole sample was plus or minus 3 percentage points and approximately plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for the sample of 842 women ages 18-35.