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Election 2012: Exit Polls Show Women Helped Obama, Murphy to Easy Win in Connecticut

Both easily won the state, but with a big help from female voters.

Exit polling in Connecticut shows there's a gender gap in this state that works well for Democrats. The polling by the Associated Press also shows that while voters preferred Democrat Chris Murphy over Republican Linda McMahon, most didn't care for either of the candidate's ethics.

Here's a rundown of some of the other Connecticut exit polling conclusions:

  • Being a woman wasn't a huge help for Linda McMahon. She couldn't convince enough female voters who lean Democratic to cross the political aisle and vote for her.
  • Six out of 10 Connecticut women prefer Obama. The president's easy win in our blue state can be credited, in a large part, to women.
  • More Catholics voted for McMahon, more Protestants and other Christians backed Murphy. But those of little or no faith supported him 75 percent more than McMahon.
  • Most voters said they weren't all that concerned about McMahon's former role with World Wrestling Entertainment (she served as its CEO), though Democrats sought to make it a campaign issue.
  • Independents in Connecticut make up a third of the electorate, and they were fairly evenly split between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Fewer of them voted for Obama this year, however, than they did in 2008.
Thomas J. Gildea November 09, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Most women voted for Obama mainly because of abortion but what is fun is that they were all alive. Where would they be if their mothers thought like them about abortions, in the cold hard ground?
Susan November 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Abortion is a very volatile and personal issue. Mr. Gildea's comment addresses the moral and ethical issue which is not what the government can control. The government can control the legal issue that protects the right of women to make their own moral and ethical decision. Regardless of anyone's personal feeling, women should have the right to make what is in many cases the hardest decision of their lives. Yes, Mr. Gildea - I am a woman, my mother made her personal choice and all women should retain this right.
Alexander B. C. January 07, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Abortion is a sham issue to attract women's votes and to keep them with the promise of an easy life without the responsibility of raising a child. Early proponents were amazed that people bought into this murder so readily with the silly slogans and bogus rationalizations. It's a war on women and and their emotions. Abortion is murder and Mr. Gildea is right in his statement.

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