October 22, 2004
VOWS FOR VOTES:
Poll: Voters Divided Along Marital Lines: New ABC News Poll Shows Gender Gap Replaced by Marital Gap (DALIA SUSSMAN, Oct. 22, 2004, ABC News)
The gender gap just might be passé. This year's electorate currently is divided more along marital lines than gender lines, a contrast from the last presidential election.
Men support George W. Bush over John Kerry by an eight-point margin in the latest ABC News tracking poll, while women are split between the candidates. In 2000 there was a bigger difference between the sexes: Bush +11 among men, Al Gore +11 among women.
Polls are not predictive and the final breakdown remains to be seen. But as of now, marital status tells more of a story. Married voters — men and women — are strong Bush groups: Married women support him by 19 points, 56-37 percent, and married men by 22 points, 59-37 percent. Kerry, though, is favored by six in 10 single men and women alike.
One difficulty for Kerry is that there are a lot more married voters than single ones.
Marriage--like tax paying and property ownership--should be a prerequisite for the vote. Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2004 9:29 PM