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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Doncha just love women?
Doncha just love women? This in today's paper...
In voting gender gap, men play crucial role
By CONNIE CASS The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sorry, fellas, but
President Barack Obama’s re-election makes it official: Women can
overrule men at the ballot box.
For the first time in research
dating to 1952, a presidential candidate whom men chose decisively —
Republican Mitt Romney — lost. More women voted for the other guy.
But there has been a consistent
thread of disagreement for decades over what role the government should
play. It’s not a big gap, but it is statistically significant, about 4
percentage points or 5 points in many studies, Kellstedt said. As a
group, women tend to like bigger government with more health and welfare
programs; men lean toward smaller government that spends less, except
on the military.
Sort of the social safety net versus rugged individualism. Or Obama versus Romney.
There are lots of possible reasons the genders see this differently.
Besides women’s traditional role as
family nurturers, they also live longer than men and so are more likely
to rely on Social Security and Medicare. Women are more likely to be
poor. They’re more likely to be single parents struggling to pay for
child care, education and medical bills. Men may feel many social
programs are expensive and won’t benefit them.
“Women tend to believe that
government has a role to play, that it should be a partner in their
life,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. “Men tend to think it’s
been a good day when the government hasn’t done anything bad to you.”
It’s surprising it didn’t happen
sooner because women have been voting in larger numbers than men for
almost three decades, exit polls show.
But men, who make up less than half
the U.S. population, always have exercised power greater than their
numbers and they aren’t about to stop now.
When it comes to elections, males as
a group are more influential because they show less party loyalty than
women, who skew Democratic.
Despite all the focus on candidates
courting Hispanics or the working class, men are the nation’s ultimate
swing voters; they’re why Republican George W. Bush became president and
Republican John McCain didn’t.
Their move away from Obama this year
expanded the voting “gender gap.” It wasn’t enough to determine the
outcome, but came close.
So presidential hopefuls staring
into the gender gap in 2016 might want to look beyond the usual
controversies over “women’s issues” such as abortion or the polling fads
such as “Walmart moms.” Maybe it’s time to pause and consider the
fickle male. Maybe it’s time to ask, “What do men want?”
In the voting booth, that is.
“I don’t think we fully understand it yet,” political scientist Christina Wolbrecht of the University of Notre Dame said about why men and women vote
differently. But she said plenty of research on elections going back to
the 1950s indicates it’s not because of issues such as equal pay, birth
control coverage in health plans or Romney’s awkward reference to
“binders full of women.”
Paul Kellstedt has some ideas. A
Texas A&M associate professor of political science, Kellstedt
studies what American men and women want from their government and how
that shifts over time.
Like Wolbrecht, he noted that the sexes aren’t that different, at least when it comes to the issues.
Studies have found that the opinions
that separate liberals and conservatives, even on issues such as
abortion, don’t divide the sexes much. Men and women are about as
likely to fall on either side of those debates, and millions of each
happily line up with each political party.
It goes to prove what I've always said, women are people too. By that I mean women are no longer in the shadows cooking and cleaning, they are more and more into mainstream politics and need to be accounted for in any upcoming election. You cannot make stupid errors like talking about "Actual Rape and Fake Rape" or "Binders full of women." Women cannot be made fun of anymore as being rattled brained or stupid or just plain unfit to run for office or vote. The Good Ol Boy Network is no longer in power [if it ever was] and women are taking their rightful place in the battleground of state and federal politics. I say viva la women. I've always been on your side in social issues. YOU ROCK!