1992 was dubbed “the year of the woman” by the mainstream media, due to the historic election of twenty-four new women to the House of Representatives, five to the Senate, and the swell of female voters.1 While 1992 may be pop-cultures official “year of the woman”, news stories regularly speculate about the next occurrence of this political phenomenon, or how women will once again wield such political prowess at the ballot box.
Part of women’s fabled political power undoubtedly thrives from the politically correct media, which was thrilled with the result of 1992’s elections.
American women hold great political power, and women constitute just fifteen percent of members of congress. According to CNN’s exit polls women aggregated more than fifty-four percent of all votes in the last presidential election. Women nearly evenly divided between the two candidates- with forty-eight percent of women voting for President Bush and fifty two percent voting for Senator Kerry.
Gallup’s tracking poll during the run up to the 2004 presidential election showed that while men’s support varied, men were relatively unvaried in giving President Bush between a five and a fifteen percentage point edge. Woman’s support fluctuated much more wildly. Senator Kerry at one point in the campaign enjoyed a seventeen percentage point advantage among women, but just two months later, women gave President Bush a double digit lead.
It isn’t just the numbers that make women influential. Women remain undecided voters for longer and are more open than men to supporting different candidates; women are therefore called “swing voters”.
Women, like men are politically... [continues]
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