Thousands of individuals participated on Jan. 21, 2016, within the Women’s March on Washington. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
There was a concept earlier than the 2016 presidential election that Donald Trump’s political rhetoric and private historical past may flip the election right into a rout. Women, it was theorized, may balk at voting for the Republican at unprecedented ranges, making it all-but-impossible for Trump to win the White House.
Obviously, that didn’t occur. While Trump did obtain fewer votes, he received the electoral faculty and the presidency. Women backed Hillary Clinton, based on exit polling, however by a margin typically according to how they’d voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Men backed Trump by about the identical margin as that they had George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
Despite Clinton’s loss, 2017 has been a yr through which there’s been a noticeable shift within the demonstrated energy — political and in any other case — of ladies: extra ladies operating for workplace. A large protest/rally in Washington in January. Uncovering a long time of badual harbadment and abuse by the hands of highly effective males. Clinton as soon as mentioned that the “future is female”; the current appears to be, too.
At Axios, Mike Allen speculates that this may affect the 2018 elections.
“Trump won narrowly, and his unprecedented coalition included many suburban and exurban women who couldn’t stomach Hillary Clinton,” Allen wrote. “If those voters were to tip dramatically to Democrats in 2020, Republicans would suddenly have a mbadive math problem.”
Unless males tipped the opposite method.
Consider what occurred in 2016. Last November, ladies most popular Clinton by about 12 proportion factors and males most popular Trump by about the identical margin, based on exit polling. For ladies, that was a 1-point shift to the Democrats relative to 2012. For males, it was a 5-point shift to the Republicans. At the identical time, the proportion of the voters that was feminine declined and the % that was male elevated. That mixture meant victory for Trump, nevertheless narrowly.
There are margins of error right here that add grey space round the entire calculations, however the sample in latest presidential elections is pretty constant. The chart beneath exhibits exit ballot outcomes since 1976 (as compiled by Cornell’s Roper Center). Since 1992, ladies have persistently backed the Democrats and persistently made up greater than half of the voters. The vote amongst males has diversified extra usually throughout that interval.
The extra instant query for 2018 is how men and women have voted in House elections. Last yr, the margin between women and men within the presidential election was the widest it has been in any presidential election since 1976. Interestingly, the margin of help for Democratic House candidates by ladies matched the very best since 1994.
As with the presidential outcomes, there’s been a constant sample in House voting since 1992. More ladies voting, and they’re extra prone to vote for Democratic candidates.
Since 1992, although, there have solely been three elections through which the Democrats received a majority of the House: 1992, 2006 and 2008. (Democrats received extra votes in 2012 however not management of the chamber.)
Those are additionally the one three races since then through which males have backed Democrats extra closely in House races.
The one election the place ladies backed Republicans extra closely than Democrats was within the Republicans’ 2010 rout.
On the column chart above, you’ll discover that the three elections with the smallest distinction between how women and men voted have been additionally 1992, 2006 and 2008, when ladies have been extra prone to help Democratic candidates by 6, eight and eight factors respectively. This is basically as a result of males moved to the left. In no election since 1992 have males backed Republicans extra closely in exit polling and Democrats received extra House seats.
That’s the query raised by 2017. Will there be a rejection of Republican candidates by ladies and, if there may be, to what extent would it not offset the vote of males?
The most up-to-date Post-ABC ballot requested Americans how they plan to vote within the 2018 House races. The Democrats maintain an 11-point benefit on that query.
Among ladies, Democrats are most popular by 20 factors. Among males, it’s tied.