‘Balancing act’

Get ready for a big fat gender gap during 2018 midterm elections

Protesters, part of a 500,000 strong crowd, raise their hands during the Women's Rally on the one-year anniversary of the first Women's March, when millions marched around the world to protest President Donald Trump's inauguration, in Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2018.(MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

We’ll see you at the polls, women seem to be saying this year. Democratic women, at least.

The gap between men and women prepared to vote in the midterm elections looks to be the largest ever, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Among women, Democrats are leading the charge 58 percent to 33 percent. On the flip side, among men, Republicans are leading 50 percent to 42 percent. Should the average of polling hold, the midterm election would have the largest gender gap since the 1958 midterms, according to CNN.

These findings mimic the 2016 presidential election, which featured the largest gender gap on record at the time. Historically, women have almost always turned up at the polls more than men — but with such a wide gender gap, that fact might become even more crucial this year.

Over the past few decades, women have increasingly supported Democrats, so it’s difficult to quantify how much the additional support can be attributed to anti-Trump sentiments or whether it’s following the natural uptick of favor.

Still, it’s not hard to connect the dots. With a man in the White House who openly mocks the #MeToo movement (and that’s only his latest offense against women), it takes little leap of the imagination to wonder why women are poised to storm the polls.

“House Democrats are also doing considerably better than in 2014 when they won among women by 4 points, and Democrats this year are doing better than Clinton did in 2016 when she won women by 13 points,” writes CNN.

The general congressional ballot will be a close call during the midterms, with Democrats angling to win control of the House — and if they do, they could have women to thank.

Read the full story at CNN.


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