Men and Women Voters: How Gender Affects the Election

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The 2008 Election and the 2012 Election

Social Issues and the deficit may decide the election.  Image by dcJohn.

Social Issues and the deficit may decide the election. Image by dcJohn.

Gallup reports that the 2008 and 2012 elections appear to be similar in voter participation.  Voters are expected to turn out in nearly the same percentages, when broken down by ethnicity and gender. Noted differences may include:

  • The electorate might be ever so slightly more male, non-white, and over the age of thirty than in 2008.
  • The percentage of black voters may drop by 1%.
  • Fewer Westerners may vote.
  • More Republicans are expected to vote.
  • Fewer Independents and Democrats are expected to vote.

None of the gender or ethnic differences, according to Gallup polls, will vary more than a percentage point.

The Presidential Election: Gender Differences

With a few days left, and only 7 states listed as toss ups by The Cook Political Report, the election may depend on how strongly women and men in those states feel about the deficit, abortion, and healthcare – and how likely they are to express those feelings at the polls.

Sources:

The Cook Political Report. Scorecard. (20120). Accessed October 28, 2012.

Gallup. 2012 Electoral Looks Like 2008. (2012). Accessed October 28, 2012.

Gallup. Gender Gap in Election Fueled More by Men Than Women. (2012). Accessed October 28, 2012.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA Issues 2011 Report on the Health Status, Health Behaviors and Use of Health Care by U.S. Women. (2012). Accessed October 28, 2012.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Hot Topics. (2012). Accessed October 28, 2012

Roth, B. What Are Social Movements and What is Gendered About Women’s Participation in Social Movements?  A Sociological Perspective. Accessed October 28, 2012

U.S. History4b. What Factors Shape Political Attitudes? (2012).  Accessed October 28, 2012

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