October 17, 2012

Wide Gender Gap on Importance of Abortion as Election Issue

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Fully 54% of women say abortion is a very important issue to their vote, compared with 36% of men — a gap of 18 points.

Women are far more likely than men to rate several issues as very important to their vote in the presidential election this year, including abortion and health care.

Among registered voters, more than half of women (54%) say the issue of abortion will be very important in their voting decision, compared with 36% of men — a difference of 18 percentage points. Among all registered voters, 46% say the issue of abortion will be very important to their vote.

While 81% of women voters say health care will be very important, fewer men (67%) view that issue as very important. Women also are more likely than men to view education (by 10 points) and jobs (eight points) as very important. There are no issues that significantly more men than women rate as very important. Read More