By Dave Andrusko
Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner perfectly summarized the amazing results of a new Gallup Poll in his opening two paragraphs:
Women are increasingly turning their noses up at the 2016 election, including Democratic women despite the likelihood that their party’s nominee will be one of them, according to a new Gallup survey of the gender gap in those closely following the election.
Women have never paid as much attention to the current race as men, but Gallup found that the attention gap has expanded in recent months.
Before jumping into the substance of the Gallup Poll, let’s just reflect for one second. How many times have we been told/lectured/hectored that the public in general, women in particular owe Hillary Clinton their vote as the first serious female candidate for President?
Clinton supporter, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, was just revealing the thou-shall-not-doubt-Hillary group think when she pronounced , “[T]here’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
Back to a different “gender gap,” as revealed by Gallup. Back in February men were paying more attention than women to the presidential election by an insignificant 2 points. Now the gap is a whopping 13 points–44% to 31%. And while the margins are different, it applies to both Democrats and Republicans.
“The gender gap persists within both parties,” said Gallup’s Frank Newport. “An aggregated analysis of March and April responses shows that Republican men are eight points more likely than Republican women to be following the election very closely, while Democratic men are 11 points more likely than Democratic women.”
What about if we take just women, in both parties? “Just 30 percent of Democratic women are paying attention to the race, compared to 44 percent of Republican women,” Bedard writes.
My first thought was that this lacking of attention might be limited to particular age groups. Not so. Gallup’s Newport writes
Age, too, does not appear to be a direct factor in this relationship. The gender gap in the percentages who very closely follow election news persists across all three major age groups: nine points among those 18 to 34 years old, 14 points among 35- to 54-year-olds and 13 points among those 55 and older.
It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Clinton really is an awful candidate.