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Ever since the abortion debate burst on the American political scene in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, women have voted more Democratic than men. Particularly unmarried women have since typically backed Democratic candidates — attracted by their pro-choice positions — by between 10 and 20 points in each election.
But now the trend has stopped! In one of the most important findings in the post-election polls, the McLaughlin and Associates polling firm has found that men and women both voted for Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections! Pollster John McLaughlin — one of the best — noted, “The Republican candidates for Congress had a 12-point advantage among men (53-41) and a 7-point advantage among women (50-43).” This finding is historic.
The Republicans won married women by 57-38, suburban women by 55-38, and independent women by 51-40. Democrats maintained reduced margins among single women, poor women and minority group women.
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It would be two more days before Bridgeport reported its final results, forcing the state to wait to find out who would be its next governor. And that canceled moderator’s report, obtained by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, would become the first of three different tallies produced by or attributed to Bridgeport election officials as they counted votes during a sleep deprived, pressure filled period between Nov. 2 and Nov. 5.
None of differing tallies showed Democratic Gov.-elect Dannel Malloy losing to Republican Tom Foley or reduced his margin of victory to the threshold that would trigger an automatic statewide recount.
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More than three-fourths of Massachusetts residents surveyed say the recession
has not ended, a compelling sign that benefits of the 17-month economic recovery have yet to reach a vast number of households, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll.
Although the recession officially ended in June 2009, the poll portrays Massachusetts families as struggling with layoffs, uncertainty, and diminished circumstances. Many said they are spending less, saving less, and expecting to work longer before they retire. The reason most frequently given: “No money.’’
And they don’t expect conditions to get better any time soon. More than half said the recession would last at least another two years. More than 60 percent said neither the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick
nor the Republican ascendancy in Congress would help the economy.