How Women Will Impact the Midterm Elections


We saw it with black women in Alabama with the defeat of Roy Moore by Doug Jones and it looks like women will continue to impact the polls in November. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, there's going to be a big gender gap at the polls for the midterm elections. 

Almost 60 percent of women said they were leaning toward the Democratic candidate in their district, compared to 42 percent of men. Meanwhile, just 33 percent of women favored the Republican candidate, versus 50 percent of men.

This skew reaffirms the trend captured by a Pew survey earlier this month, which found that women, especially young women, were overwhelmingly likely to go blue this fall. (Millennial women have taken a sharp turn to the left in recent years, with this trend accelerating right around the 2016 election.)


The Quinnipiac survey also found that nearly twice as many women as men see their vote in the midterm elections as a way to oppose Trump. Forty-three percent of women categorize their vote as making this statement, compared to 25 percent of men.

And more women than men would like to see the House kick off impeachment proceedings for Trump if the Democrats were to retake the lower chamber this November: 46 percent of women versus 29 percent of men.

Support for Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed women’s constitutional right to an abortion, was a more consistent across gender lines. More than 60 percent of women and men said they support the decision in Roe v. Wade, echoing a trend that was recently observed in a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Women candidates are proving to be winners for the Democratic Party this year, and this poll and others suggest that women are likely to be a growing share of the party’s voters as well.

This story originally appeared on Vox.

Emily Davis