November 9, 2010

THE CORE OF THE SECURITY PARTY'S CORE:

Women voters shifted Republican in midterm election: Unmarried women in particular had been one of Democrats' most reliable bases. Some cited a lack of progress on fixing the economy; others had concerns over abortion rights in the healthcare law. (Matea Gold and Jordan Steffen, November 9, 2010, LA Times)

[D]isappointment and apathy translated into a jolting drop in female support this year for House Democrats, who won just 48% of the women's vote, down from 55% four years ago, according to exit polls. Republicans edged them out with 49% of the overall female vote, the best showing for the GOP — other than in 2002 — since the gender gap emerged in the 1980s, when women began to vote more Democratic than men.

That's in part because married women, who usually split their vote between the two parties, leaned more strongly Republican this year, according to Democratic voter surveys.

But Democrats also lost ground among single women, historically one of the party's most loyal demographic groups. Unmarried women still voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates this year, but by a narrower margin than in recent elections.

That's because half of white, unmarried women voted Republican this year, up from 39% in the last two election cycles, according to a poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.


Those who are, by definition, insecure ought not be voting for the party of freedom, which is why results differ so much for married vs. unmarried women.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2010 7:02 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« OR BE "STRAIN'D AND RIDICULOUS" | Main | AS IF HE HASN'T DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE TO HIMSELF: »