Gender Gap in 2008 Presidential Election

National
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
OBAMA
56%
49%
7 points
MCCAIN
43%
48%
States Obama Won
Women Margin of Victory: Won Majority of Women, Lost Majority of Men
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
CO
56%
49%
7 points
IN
52%
47%
5 points
MO (undeclared)
50%
48%
2 points
NH
61%
49%
12 points
NC
55%
43%
12 points
Won Majority of Women, and 50% of Men
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
IA
55%
50%
5 points
MN
57%
50%
7 points
Won Majority of Women and Men
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
CA
64%
58%
6 points
CT
66%
53%
13 points
DE
70%
52%
18 points
DC
93%
91%
2 points
FL
52%
51%
1 point
HI
72%
72%
0 points
IL
64%
57%
7 points
ME
64%
52%
12 points
MD
64%
59%
5 points
MI
60%
52%
8 points
NV
59%
53%
6 points
MA
65%
55%
10 points
NM
59%
54%
5 points
NY
67%
59%
8 points
OH
53%
51%
2 points
OR
61%
58%
3 points
NJ
58%
56%
2 points
PA
59%
51%
8 points
RI
70%
52%
18 points
VT
71%
63%
8 points
VA
53%
51%
2 points
WA
60%
58%
2 points
WI
60%
53%
7 points
Democratic Senate Pickups
Women Margin of Victory: Won Majority of Women, Lost Majority of Men
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
AK – Begich
55%
39%
16 points
NH – Shaheen
60 %
45%
15 points
NC – Hagan
55%
47%
8 points
OR – Merkley
50%
49%
1 point
Won Majority of Women and 50% Men
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
CO – Udall
56%
50%
6 points
Won Majority of Women and Men
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
NM – Udall
63%
56%
6 points
VA – Warner
67%
63%
4 points
Undecided
STATE
WOMEN
MEN
GENDER GAP
MN – Coleman Leading
38%
46%
– 8 points

All data from Edison Media Research Exit Polls. Available at CNN.

Report by Jennifer Jackman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Salem State College