To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on women
Karen Tumulty and Scott ClementIn a presidential campaign where women’s issues have taken a more prominent role than many expected, the crucial swing state of Virginia is becoming the Grand Canyon of gender gaps.
A new Washington Post survey indicates that President Obama holds a 19-percentage-point lead (58 to 39 percent) among female likely voters in the commonwealth yet is running six points behind Republican nominee Mitt Romney among men who are likely to vote (50 to 44 percent). That support from women is the reason the president now holds an eight-point advantage overall in Virginia.
There has long been a disparity between women and men in their voting patterns — a phenomenon first identified and named the “gender gap” during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
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"To claim Virginia, Obama’s hopes rest on women", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2012. Consulté le 01/10/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/to-claim-virginia-obama-s-hopes-rest-on-women