The Democratic strategy . . . comes with a risk . . . Does selling the idea that Republican fiscal warriors are social zealots in disguise send a shiver of fear down voters’ spines, or make Democrats look like they are avoiding the subject on most voters’ minds?
-- From "Democrats in Tight Races Put Focus on Abortion Rights" by Kirk Johnson, New York Times 10/6/10
Few Democrats think abortion alone will turn this year’s midterm elections for them; polls show Republicans leading in a generic “Which party would you vote for the Congress?” question.
New York Times/CBS News national polls also say that the political divide between men and women — more men than women gravitating toward Republican candidates, a pattern dating back to Ronald Reagan’s election as president in 1980 — is bigger than average heading into November.
“This isn’t a gap, it’s a canyon,” said Susan Carroll, a senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, who said the average gender difference in presidential races was about seven or eight percentage points.
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