June 17, 2009

From The Cafferty File:

There is a fundamental gender gap when it comes to American politics. A new Gallup poll of almost 150,000 people shows women are significantly more likely than men to identify themselves as Democrats.

Consider this: 41 percent of women say they’re Democrats; that’s nine-points higher than the 32-percent of men who say that. 26-percent of women identify themselves as Independents — compared to 34-percent of men. As for those who identify themselves as Republicans, there’s not much of a difference there — 25-percent of women compared to 28-percent of men.

What’s especially interesting here is that the gender gap is evident across all age groups — from 18 to 85-year-olds. Also, it shows up within all major racial, ethnic and marital-status groups.

For example — African-Americans and Asians are more Democratic than whites; but within each of these groups, women are more Democratic than men.

The poll also shows Democrats have their greatest advantage among baby boomers and the very young; and relatively speaking, are the weakest among people in their late 30s and those in their mid-to-late 60s.

Gallup says these findings suggest that by the time young men and women are 18 years old — the different cultural and social factors that determine party identification are already well established.

Here’s my question to you: Why are women more likely to be Democrats?

Phil from Washington writes:

Women are smart, smarter than men. They realize that those who represent the Republican Party haven’t a clue how to get the country back on the right track, and that the key to success is not a show of force. I expect that long before the turn of the century we’ll see a female Commander-in-Chief.

Ray from Nashville writes:

Let’s see, Jack, Republicans are against abortion, women’s rights, civil rights and voting rights. Republicans are pro-business and fought the Ledbetter Act to enforce equal pay for women. The Republican Party is the party of radical evangelical religion, which places women in an inferior position in life because that’s what’s in the bible. The Republican Party is more apt to get us into some kind of war, which more women traditionally abhor. You know, Jack, this is really a stupid question.

Patricia from Pine Plains, New York writes:

Women are saner then most men. Honestly. During the Great Depression, it was the man who threw himself off the building to his demise, not the woman. Yet women hold more of the wealth (we outlive you and inherit). Women are patient and know things will turn around. Men aren’t that patient. All traits of Democrats.

Stephanie writes:

Greetings from Japan, Jack! Women are nurturers, and the Democratic Party is all about caring for people!

Kristian writes:

Because women tend to be smarter and see the bigger picture. And I say this as a male member of this society.

Martin from Shoreline, Washington writes:

Because Democrats like to spend other people’s money. So do women. Democrats want to save every living thing that doesn’t make them stand on a chair and scream. So do women. Democrats like to stick their nose in the lives of their neighbors. So do women. Women would have invented the helmet before the wheel. So would Democrats.

Mark writes:

Is this a blonde joke?

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