May 13th, 2008
05:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Gender gap is back


(CNN) - The gender gap, a factor earlier on in the Democratic presidential race, seemed to disappear over the last few weeks. But the gap is certainly back in West Virginia.

In early exit polls, 55 percent of Hillary Clinton’s supporters are women, and 45 percent are men.

How about Barack Obama’s voters?

Just about the reverse: 57 percent of Obama supporters were men, and 43 percent were women.

So it looks like the gender gap, long a feature of politics between Democrats and Republicans, has established itself in the Democratic primaries.

soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. GL

    Biased quesetions to a biased electorate = A resurgence in Hillary's campaign??..

    Not buying it CNN. I know you can do better. You simply choose not too.

    May 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Crushing Blow

    It seems that alot of Hillary supporters are going through "battered spouse syndrome" and are running into the arms another abuser, McCain. They can't stand up for themselves anymore and are playing the victim. first the empty promises, verbal abuse follows and eventually leads to violence! We can't help you unless you help yourselves first.

    May 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Tickled Republican

    You Dems are hilarious the way you attack each other, we don't even have to do anything...

    Oh and Hillary, on behalf of Republicans nationwide, I'd like to sincerely thank you for making Obama look so bad, and yourself too for that matter. Republicans couldn't have dreamed this scenerio up, you doing all our dirty work for us. But just so you know, you can't join our team, but in light of everything we'll make you an honorary member.

    Thanks Hillary!

    May 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Karen

    What about education gap?
    Do not we know educated whites go for Obama and uneducated for Clinton?
    Do we want our country to be led by the educated, informed and future oriented or by the uneducated and poor?

    Clinton supporters: it is your choice.

    May 13, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Jay

    here come the sad Obama fans crying racism because there guy did not win. boo hoo.

    May 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Michelle in Michigan

    I can't support Obama after he refused to allow a re-vote in Michigan. I thought he was about change, but he SO disappointed me. He's just politics as usual...It also bugs me a lot that when he talks about pulling together all the sectors of American, he mentions the various races, the regions, the religions–but I have NEVER heard him mention men and women. And yet women face real problems in this country.

    The DNC really lost my support with the way they mucked around, effectively disenfranchising me and millions like me in MI and Florida. Call this a democracy? What a joke. Oh, I'll vote Democratic come November, but UNDER PROTEST...

    Disenfranchised in Michigan

    May 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Cyndi

    I think women should look at the broader picture. Men are supporting Obama because of change and women are voting for Hillary because she is a women. Now why should we have a women who will not do anything but follow in Bush footsteps,

    May 13, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Marie Casey

    Ignorance creates fear! To know Barack Obama is to understand that this man is the best candidate for President this country has had in 40 years!

    What's with white women wanting to see a female in the office? Shouldn't it matter what women it is? Hillary Clinton should not get the job because she thinks she should get the job! I used to like Hillary Clinton until she started this slam campaign against Barack Obama!

    Half of the Democratic party can't stand her and you will never meet a Republican that likes her! Put Hillary Clinton on the ticket and Republican's will come out in recored numbers to vote for McCain!

    Do your homework people!!!!! Read, listen, and learn!!!!

    May 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Observer

    I strongly disagree.
    If they are democrats, they will vote for the democrat candidate, unless they are so blinded by Race that they will vote against their own interest. In which case, they will proof Clinton right. That they are UNEDUCATED.

    May 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |

    Then this kind of discredit Hillary's auguement that she is the best candidate and the only one that can win there since it is obvisious that these women are voting not based on the best candidate, but the female candidate and the fact that there won't be a female to vote for this fall also drops that ball too because they will vote for someone else this fall, not other chose, but not vote at all.

    They did not vote for her based on prinicples alone so says she!!

    May 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. JJ

    I second Adam from NY.."sanity gap" And who are these crazy Dems who say they will vote for McCain if their candidate doesn't get the nom? Are they serious? Is that how politics works for them..?? for someone who's policies, believes, ideas and entire being is the complete antithesis of them just to prove a point? That is scary! McCain can not win in November...bottom line

    May 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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