Unmarried Women Helped Obama Win

Last night, unmarried women helped put Barack Obama in the White House and a Democratic majority in Congress.

Although single women tend to be far more progressive than their married counterparts, they are far less likely to vote. Yesterday that changed: single women voted in unprecedented numbers and they overwhelmingly chose Obama.

According to a CNN poll, unmarried women backed Obama by a 70 to 29 percent margin -- a 44 percent difference between single and married women. As the research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner notes, "if not for the overwhelming support of unmarried women, John McCain would have won the women's vote and with it, the White House."

Unmarried women also helped Democrats take Congress, voting for Democratic candidates by a 64 to 29 percent margin.

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