Thursday, December 18, 2003

Gender Gap Data
USA Today says the gender gap grows with the level of education. I think they also overlooked something important.

''Highly educated women are a new Democratic base, almost to the same extent as union voters and ethnic voters,'' says Democratic pollster Geoff Garin.
An analysis of more than 40,000 interviews for the USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll from January through November this year shows the trend. Among those with a high school diploma or less, men were inclined by a single percentage point, 45% to 44%, to vote Democratic. Women leaned toward the Democrats by 11 percentage points, 50% to 39%. That's a partisan gap between the sexes of 10 percentage points.

For those who had taken some college courses but not graduated, that gender gap grew to 15 percentage points. Among those with a college degree, it rose to 20. And for voters who had taken postgraduate courses, it reached 28 percentage points -- almost triple the gender difference among the least-educated voters.

As the number of highly educated women increases, this will grow in importance.
What I noticed is the careers of these democrats.

But when it comes to politics, Lynne, an attorney, and Scott, a venture capitalist with an MBA, often disagree about candidates and issues.
''When I went to law school, I read all these cases where women were still discriminated against, even in this day and age,'' [June] says. But her husband, Clint, a businessman who also works in the oil and gas industry, is a reliable Republican. ''He's all about cutting taxes,'' she says.

Freakin lawyers. And the men are both businessmen.

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