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.