Trump might not be a sophisticated political thinker or student of history, but he understands something fundamental about manhood in a patriarchal culture: the system remains in place because a majority of men fear being ‘unmanned’ and losing the respect of other men more than they value abstract concepts like commitment to scientific reason, equal justice under law or even democracy itself.
The gender gap measures the difference in men and women’s votes for the leading candidate.
Women make up the base of the Democratic party, and the gender gap plays a critical role in Biden’s support—especially in the battleground states.
Before and after the political conventions and into the fall, the gender gap remains stronger than ever.
In the presidential horse race, Vice President Biden is currently the frontrunner—owing his lead to women.
This year, underlying the largest gender gaps in history, is the growing proportion of women who identify as feminists—a situation the suffragists hoped would happen after women fought and won the vote.
If voting rates and turnout among women go beyond the last presidential election and are the highest ever reported—in 2008 as 65.5 percent—then the gender gap and feminist factor’s impact on the outcome of the 2020 elections will likely be even larger than in 2018 or past presidential elections.
This double-digit gender gulf continues, with women making the difference on top issues—from racial inequality and peaceful protests, to health care (particularly with a pandemic raging) and the economy.
As the country enters its third month of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, multiple polls show a significant gender gap in attitudes about Trump’s handling of the federal response to the coronavirus, the economic outlook, the direction for the country and plans for reopening.