Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Does the GOP have a 2012 gender gap?

A recently released CNN/Opinion Research poll has Sarah Palin with a slight lead over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The difference was significantly different among Republican women. Palin has a 10-point edge among this demographic. This has lead some to question if the Republican party has a gender gap problem.

GOP has 2012 gender gap, new poll says

From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the the first unofficial ballots are cast in the next race for the White House, a new national survey of Republicans indicates that the GOP doesn't have a clear presidential frontrunner — but does have a clear gender gap.

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they are most likely to support Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Right behind the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and well within the poll's 4.5 percent sampling error, is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Twenty-six percent of those questioned say they are most likely backing the former, and possibly future, Republican presidential candidate.

Palin has a 10-point edge among Republican women, winning 32 percent support among them to 22 percent for Huckabee and 20 percent for Romney.(excerpt) read more at

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