Monday, July 23, 2012

The Marriage Gap--Single Women Favor Obama, Married Couples Prefer Romney

An interesting column by Jeff Jacoby posted at Jewish World Review points out that the best forecaster of whether a woman will vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is whether there is a wedding ring on her finger. Singles, especially single women, will tend to vote to re-elect the President; but among married persons Romney enjoys a healthy lead. Jacoby notes:
A Quinnipiac University poll this month suggests just how important the marriage gap has become to President Obama's reelection hopes. Among voters nationwide, it found, Obama's advantage over Mitt Romney is narrow, 46 percent to 43 percent. Drill beneath the surface, however, and a sharp divide appears. Among married voters, Romney has a robust 13-point lead, 51 percent to 38 percent. But Obama enjoys an even larger lead among singles, 54 percent to 34 percent. Unmarried women in particular are in the president's camp: They support him 2-1 over Romney.
Could the biggest weapon in the Romney arsenal be Eharmony? And do the readers recognize the happy couple pictured above?


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