might view the political system overall, each judge was asked, "would you say that the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves or that it is run for the benefit of all the people?" As indicated in Table 9.5 (Q35), and depicted in Figure 9.7, it is this question that reveals one of the most dramatic differences between male and female judges' perceptions regarding the political system.
What is strikingly clear from Figure 9.7 is that the percentage of female judges who believe that the government is run by "a few big interests" is more than double that for male judges. Likewise, the percentage of males choosing "all the people" more than doubles the percentage of female judges adopting this view. Here, more so than for any previous question, the NDJS data suggest the empirical reality of any fundamental "male/female" differences between federal district court judges' perceptions of government and politics.
This chapter provided a comparative description and assessment of how female and male federal district court judges view various aspects of their role and function as policy actors in the American political system generally. Specific attention was also given to how these judges assess the selection and appointment process.
Overall, the NDJS data on the general selection and appointment processes suggest little difference between female and male judges. More significant differences were found regarding issues of race and poverty and the most dramatic findings involved women judges' more general beliefs about the political system, specifically, how the government is run "by a few big interests."
Overall, the limited SDCC results (Appendix B) and the NDJS data analysis