The gender gap returns to the voting booth

More and more people are talking about women's strong support for the Democratic Party over the last two years. (Check out this report specifically regarding women on their own for more detailed info.) Over at MyDD, Jonathan Singer notes two recent polls:


That LA Times/Bloomberg poll was not the only poll to come out this past week showing a sizeable gender gap. The Cook Political Report (.pdf) commissioned a poll this week from RT Strategies that showed the Democrats holding a 10-point generic congressional ballot lead, 46 percent to 36 percent. The gender breakdown of the Cook poll shows an 11-point gender gap, with women favoring the Democrats by 15 points while men favor the Dems by only 4.

Whether women support the Democrats by a 28 percent margin or a 15 percent margin, it seems fairly clear that women's strong preference for the Democratic Party -- which had shrunk from 12 points during the 2000 presidential election to just 3 points during the 2004 presidential contest -- has returned.

Singer goes on to question why it might be, and comes to the conclusion of the reproductive rights battles getting front-and-center attention over the last two years. Two Supreme Court nominations plus South Dakota equals women realizing that the Republicans don't have their best interest in mind. Now if we can only get the Democrats (besides Barbara Boxer and Jerry Nadler with FOCA) to come out strongly on reproductive freedom, and maybe even nudge Democrats and progressives into incorporating women's issues into the larger vision... heck, we might have a winning strategy here.

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