Monday, November 03, 2008

Majority of Undecided Voters Are Women But Who Wants to Talk About Gender?

Well, the big day is finally almost here. I know I am not alone when I say that the end of the most sexist election of my lifetime is long overdue. Polls and pundits predict that Obama has this thing wrapped up. And after eight long years of GOP trainwreck policy, why the hell wouldn't he?

As always, pundits speculate that if Obama loses this, it will be because of race, or the Bradley effect. Gender is a non story. There are simply not enough women in power in this cowboy country for gender to be a serious topic of discussion. Naturally, the Sunday talk show guests this week were all men.

Yet, women are the majority of undecided voters. And in the battleground states, the fate of the election lies with undecided voters.

Women are a majority of undecided voters in the 2008 presidential race, as they were in past elections, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). For example, a new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, conducted two weeks before election day, finds that women are 60 percent of all undecided registered voters and 61 percent of undecided registered white voters. The Pew poll is the only recent poll with a large enough sample to allow a meaningful breakdown of undecided voters by gender and race.

More at CAMP (pdf)