Gender Gaps in Presidential Elections
Looking at the Numbers
By: Kelly Keenan Trumpbour
Did you know that according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, a gender gap has been present in every presidential election since at least 1980? From Ronald Regan and Jimmy Carter all the way up to George W. Bush and John Kerry, a spread of at least 4-10 percentage points has separated who men and women vote for. The exit polls conducted in 2000 showed the most dramatic spread with 54% of women voting for Al Gore while only 42% of men cast ballots for the former Vice President. If women were the only people voting in the last two presidential elections, we would have had completely different administrations.
What does this mean for 2008? Get out and vote no matter what your party is! These numbers don’t automatically mean that women are more likely to vote for a Democrat. It could be that Republican women and Independents haven’t made their voices heard. And if you are a Democrat, all the more reason to get out there and vote your party into office!