June 16th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Why are women more likely to be Democrats?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There is a fundamental gender gap when it comes to American politics. A new Gallup poll of almost 150,000 people shows women are significantly more likely than men to identify themselves as Democrats.

A woman wears Donkey glasses and an Obama temporary tattoo at the DNC in Denver in August 2008.

Consider this: 41 percent of women say they're Democrats; that's nine-points higher than the 32-percent of men who say that. 26-percent of women identify themselves as Independents - compared to 34-percent of men. As for those who identify themselves as Republicans, there's not much of a difference there - 25-percent of women compared to 28-percent of men.

What's especially interesting here is that the gender gap is evident across all age groups - from 18 to 85-year-olds. Also, it shows up within all major racial, ethnic and marital-status groups.

For example - African-Americans and Asians are more Democratic than whites; but within each of these groups, women are more Democratic than men.

The poll also shows Democrats have their greatest advantage among baby boomers and the very young; and relatively speaking, are the weakest among people in their late 30s and those in their mid-to-late 60s.

Gallup says these findings suggest that by the time young men and women are 18 years old - the different cultural and social factors that determine party identification are already well established.

Here’s my question to you: Why are women more likely to be Democrats?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Phil from Washington writes:
Women are smart, smarter than men. They realize that those who represent the Republican Party haven't a clue how to get the country back on the right track, and that the key to success is not a show of force. I expect that long before the turn of the century we'll see a female Commander-in-Chief.

Ray from Nashville writes:
Let's see, Jack, Republicans are against abortion, women's rights, civil rights and voting rights. Republicans are pro-business and fought the Ledbetter Act to enforce equal pay for women. The Republican Party is the party of radical evangelical religion, which places women in an inferior position in life because that's what's in the bible. The Republican Party is more apt to get us into some kind of war, which more women traditionally abhor. You know, Jack, this is really a stupid question.

Patricia from Pine Plains, New York writes:
Women are saner then most men. Honestly. During the Great Depression, it was the man who threw himself off the building to his demise, not the woman. Yet women hold more of the wealth (we outlive you and inherit). Women are patient and know things will turn around. Men aren't that patient. All traits of Democrats.

Stephanie writes:
Greetings from Japan, Jack! Women are nurturers, and the Democratic Party is all about caring for people!

Kristian writes:
Because women tend to be smarter and see the bigger picture. And I say this as a male member of this society.

Martin from Shoreline, Washington writes:
Because Democrats like to spend other people's money. So do women. Democrats want to save every living thing that doesn't make them stand on a chair and scream. So do women. Democrats like to stick their nose in the lives of their neighbors. So do women. Women would have invented the helmet before the wheel. So would Democrats.

Mark writes:
Is this a blonde joke?

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    I think it come down to biology. Biologically, women want to see themselves and their families taken care of. Democrat ideas fit that mindset. Biologically, men are meant to bring home the bacon. Republican ideas fit that mindset. It makes sense if you think about it. What I don't understand is why any woman would ever be a Republican.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Steve

    Because they think they're going to get something for free. Same as a marriage. A majority of Republican women work for a living, they don't want a free ride.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    Because women tend to be more proactive over issues and try to nurture, vs control othes. Many men who are insecure about their sexuality fear being perceived as being feminine, so they go for the hairy-knuckle dragging on the ground image, to hide their insecurity from others(and themselves).

    June 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  4. NANCY M.- Colorado

    I don't know the answer to that but, if it is true, then I am really proud to be one of them. More so now than ever before!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  5. Mike S., New Orleans

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because they care more about people and principles than they do profits and power.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  6. Chuck in warren, Ohio

    Jack: I think, maybe they are smarter than the rest!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Steve

    They are tired of the old white men in the Republican party and are taken in by the Rock star image of Obama, with all the smooth talking and big promises. Seems the Democrat party has become the party of appearances with no substance. Smooth talking sells!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Alma Pack

    Haven't you noticed, the democratic party is more inclusive. I see nothing but exaggeration and anger from most rebulican. I have been trying to understand what anyone sees in the republican party, I havent gotten it yet.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  9. Sandra

    Ya got me Jack!! Considering I am a pro choice Republican woman. I would have to guess many of them are strongly pro choice and that is a major issue for them. While I am strongly for lower taxes and less spending, which makes me Republican.


    June 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  10. Pat - Butte, Montana

    Jack, I guess Women are just smarter and better read on the issues than men !

    June 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  11. Diana NJ

    Woman are mostly likely to be Democratic because they are smarter.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  12. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Because most women support "a woman's right to choose"!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  13. J Atlanta

    I'd guess the basis is the whole motherhood thing. Women tend to be slower at slugging out disagreements, preferring to nag....I mean....openly discuss their points of view.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Nancy, Grand Ledge, MI

    Easy question. We're not grumpy old men!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  15. Scott in Canada

    Women are far more likely to put in the Lion's share of raising the children and the Democrats offer them more affordable and accessible education, health care, and early education while at the same time supporting abortion (which I'm sure you'll consistently find women favor more often than men – even Sarah Palin admits that she was tempted), equal rights, equal pay and anti-discrimination in a still-male-dominated society.

    Also, women tend to be more communally oriented while men tend to be more in favor of "do it yourself" – which might have some influence on "government vs private" opinions.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  16. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    Because we are the smarter sex!

    June 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  17. SarahLee

    Probably because we believe that empathy and compassion should be part of creating policy. Even conservatives liked to promote "compassionate conservatism" – women just want to give compassion an actual seat at the table of conflicting needs – not assigned to a forgotten corner of the room. It is a needed part of the conversation when legislation impacts our communities and homes.

    The Democratic party does that more often.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  18. Doug

    Because they are smarter than men.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  19. Frank from Peterborough

    I guess it's obvious Jack women are simply smarter then men and this is just one more point that proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  20. odessa

    women think about their civil rights, pocketbooks, jobs, education etc because it is the only way that to fight prejudices among men.men only think about themselves regardless what political party that they are affliated with.yes, i am a progressive democrat who believes in change must be happen for the right reasons.there is nothing wrong being a republican but some republican men discriminate towards women when it comes to pocketbook reasons.women can belong to either party of their choice as long they can check out their political heroes who are going to do something for voters.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  21. Ron from Pennsylvania

    It's simple Jack, women are a lot smarter and harder working than us old, fat, white guys in the Republican party. After 50 years in the GOP, I'm finally wise enough to switch too. That is, if my ex. and her smart lady friends will let me in.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  22. LDR in Central Texas

    Women are Dems because women are smarter then men.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  23. Richard Green

    This is simple, Jack. The GOP has opposed every single woman's issue for the last 50 years. Name one positive thing done by the Republicans to help women get justice in the work place, the voting booth, the courts, the health care system, retirement system, education, or sports.
    A better question would be, "Why are so many women still Republicans?"

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  24. sabrina

    Jack, because these women are kind, compassionate, understanding, caring and obviously smart.


    June 16, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  25. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    Because Democrats like to spend other people's money. So do women. Democrats want to save every living thing that doesn't make them stand on a chair and scream. So do women. Democrats like to stick their nose in the lives of their neighbors. So do women. Women would have invented the helmet before the wheel. So would Democrats. So much for progress. And abortion.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  26. Darren

    Democrats have similar platforms and attracts more of those once infringed upon groups, women being one of them.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  27. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Because we care about others. Simple as that.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  28. Sandi , Oklahoma

    One reason I can think of is that for the most part women pay closer attention to what is going on in the world. Second in most households women do the shopping, bill paying and they know how bad the economy is in relationship to day to day living. It is a fact that when Rep. are in office the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. We can't get any poorer without starving and women know this. We have to take care of our families and when we are offered a chance to do that we go for it.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  29. Richard New Hampshire

    Because they are smart!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  30. Ray in Nashville

    Let's see, Jack, Republicans are against abortion, against women's rights, against civil rights and against voting rights.

    Republicans are pro-business and fought the Ledbetter act to enforce equal pay for women.

    The Republican party is the party of radical evangelical religion, which places women in an inferior postion in life because that's what's in the bible.

    The Republican party is more apt to get us into some kind of war, which more women traditionally abhor.

    You know, Jack, this is really a stupid question.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  31. Phil-Eastern Washington

    Women are smart...smarter than men. They realize that those who represent the Republican party haven't a clue how to get the country back on the right track, and that the key to success is NOT a show of force. I expect that long before the turn of the century we'll see a female Commander-in-Chief.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  32. Winkum

    Because they are less likely to be logical,

    June 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  33. Jim from Alabama

    Jack, probably because many women are the sole wage earners and the Republican Party has never shown much consideration for average main street americans in term of health care, equal job opportunities, equal pay, etc. Who knows, maybe they are just more liberal to begin with.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  34. teresa, md

    Because unlike men, women don't typically have the luxury of only thinking about themselves.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  35. william fitzwater

    Be a women or be black or be a homosexual . Be disabled or be sick become homeless or disenfranchised . Then ask our respected opposition party for the same level of parity ; not likely. As well as full equality not likely.
    The Democrats generally favor those groups of people because they Listen to them and so these people Vote for the Democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  36. Jay in Texas

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because, like their male counterparts, the huge majority of them are still blind to the fact that there is no real difference between either of the corporate-owned political parties.
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  37. PM

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because logical thought and critical analysis don't come naturally to them.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  38. Doris/St. Louis

    Because, we (women) are more likely to be SMART!

    June 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  39. Ralph Nelson

    Because they are mothers and care about their families and children and they wish to be a part of society, not just wives. The Republicans have always opposed all these things, just like they are trying to block health care right now. All my life the Republican Party has always been the party of the rich, big business, and greed. They do not care about women, kids, the country's future. Just money. Just big business. Just themselves. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  40. linda from ky

    Because we have a brain Jack and because the republician party has become like a street gang. You either shut up and agree with the RNC..Rush, Newt & Chaney or become a democrat. I'm 45 and because of Palin along with the other clowns in the party I voted for Obama ...at least he has a brain and delivers a message without telling me where to go if I don't agree with him.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  41. Gretchen from Denver

    More women are Democrats because through the life exeriences they have they learn that simplistic answers to complex questions are harmful to children and everyone.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  42. Miguel from San Leandro, CA

    They are smarter than us.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  43. george

    Look at the Republican Party's record on womens rights, and you will have no trouble seeing why there are more Democrat women than any other party. Look at the Republican Party's record on civil right, and you will have no trouble learning why there are more Blacks, and Hispanics in the Democrat Party. Look at the Republican Party's record on human rights, and you will have no trouble learning why there are more middle class, and lower income families who are Democrats.Look at the record of the Republican Party, and you will have no trouble leasrning why there are fewer young people still alive in this country. Look at the Republican Party, and you will see that most of Republicans do not live like the rest of us, they live, and breath money..

    June 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  44. Katiec Pekin, IL

    As a 72 year old retired female worker I have seen many changes, but not enough,
    The Democratic party respects and supports women. Every bill they got or tried to get passed for our betterment was voted against by
    the republican party.
    The majority of intelligent women, regardless of age, realize our
    future rights and beliefs will be supported by the Democrats and
    ignored by the republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  45. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    For the same reason that we do not have to ask for directions !

    June 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  46. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Women are care givers, they raise children, nurture and give life. Must be something good about being a democrat.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  47. Chuck

    If you've ever taken any diversity classes you would know that women
    tend be more multi-tasking oriented and men are more focus oriented.
    So I think that most women tend to be less "single-issue" oriented
    than men and are more open to seeing the bigger picture.
    Republicans thrive with wedge issues that address things
    like gun control, war mongering, God complex (they KNOW what God wants), illegal immigrant bashing, etc.
    Those focus issues would tend to appeal more to men, particularly
    those of the most narrow minded nature.
    Just hope I'm not one of them.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  48. Lisa in Shelton CT

    I think women are more likely to be Democrats because the ideals of the Dems – fighting for the underdogs, really appeals to women because it is often we who will benefit. Women have had to endure sexism and sexual harassment, racism, ageism, and even discrimination because of our appearance too. Though we strive for equality, in some situations – like in our paychecks, or sports scholarships to colleges, it is still a man's world. The Dems care. The Repugs couldn't care less.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  49. Lauren Rosell Perez

    Woman tend to be critical thinkers. We do not just see that everything is in black and white; we see that there are different shades of white and even different shades of black.

    Woman want to make things better, and see the need for others to involve themselves in an issue in order to improve it. Men see something and think, "if it ain't broke don't fix it."

    There is a reason they say, behind every great man is a great woman. Woman encourage men, push them to do what they capable of but may not want to do.

    Republicans don't want to get involved or have anyone get involved. Democrats are those that believe they can make a difference wth their involvement.

    There it is plain and simple, no big words, no deep thoughts. Except for one, Republicans do tend to be chauvinists, but that fits also.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  50. Woody, Newark NJ

    I guess no one knows for sure, what is certain is that there are an increased number of single parent households who tend to be headed by women, maybe thats why, maybe they want more government support.
    I wonder how many people in this country consider themselves conservative as opposed to liberal? That would be an intersting poll as it demonstrate an ideology rather than a party.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  51. Dennis North Carolina

    women are more open minded in their view while men are more narrow minded,

    June 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  52. joe stlouis mo

    They are smarter than men.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  53. Ed from Tallahassee Florida

    I'm not afraid to say it, because Women are Smarter then Men.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  54. Kim - Blair, NE

    Well, duh! Men in general have been considered the bread winners meaning that their biggest concern is to bring in the money to support the family. My opinion is that Republicans in general are most concerned about making money.

    Women in general are responsible for seeing that everyone is cared for, keeping peace in the family, etc. Democrats tend to be most concerned about caring for those who need it the most & have been called on the carpet for not wanting to be involved in war.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  55. Alfred Thornton

    Unlike in the past, women, more and more are thinking for themselves. They are becoming a People. They are taking off the yoke that had a leash held by man.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  56. Jay, Denver

    Because Democrats are seen as the party for womens' rights.

    Republicans are seen as the party of old white men telling women how to live their lives.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  57. Jose in McAllen TX

    I'm not sexist, but women tend to be more emotional and they tend to think with their feelings. Some call it the Oprah effect. Democrats target people who think with their feelings because they know they could never win over voters using logic and reason.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  58. jim Toronto

    It is no mystery that it has been proven that Women are... generally smarter than men. They are more rational, and instinctively work towards the betterment of the whole rather than the parts. However, there are alot of dumb women out there, and alot of dumb men. They are, for the most part,...Republican.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  59. George Brauer

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because their maternal instinct drives them to nurture and care for others even if they don't deserve it. Just look at Nancy Pelosi, she wants to nurture illegal immigrants that haven't done a thing for the U.S. but cost us money and aggravation.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm |

    Republicans are to conservative for women's taste.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  61. Chris in Philadelphia

    Women are smarter than men.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  62. Gina- San Jose, CA

    Women are liberal in fiscal issues because we're more compassionate, and care about society enough to give up more of our taxes, for example, to give to welfare.
    Women are more liberal in social issues because we know what it's like to be oppressed and we want to allow people to do as they wish.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  63. Linda in Arizona

    Women are: smarter than men, more compassionate than men, more pragmatic than men, more far-seeing and wise than men, and more decent human beings in general. Naturally they would be drawn to the Democratic Party, which is less bellicose, more humane, and less selfish than the Goopers. It's a no-brainer.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  64. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Because we're smarter.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  65. Dave in Saint Louis!

    Unfortunately the younger vote knows less about sacrifice and love of country than at any time in out countries history! They don’t care about keeping us safe they just care about what song to download on there IPOD that is why!

    June 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  66. Barbara; Spring Grove, IL

    I think the main reason for the gender gap is that the Democratic platform is open to all points of view on issues that primarily affect women such as abortion, equal pay for equal work, and women in positions of leadership. I am a registered Republican but increasingly find myself supporting Democratic candidates, and that pattern will continue as long as the GOP is being defined by right wing, overzealous, intolerant white men.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  67. frankie

    Because we are more likely to be intelligent.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  68. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    It's simple, Jack. Democrats are more likely to be for a woman's right to choose, equal pay for equal work, open housing (not too long ago women couldn't own houses outright), more prosecution on domestic violence and other crimes against women, etc. If you were a woman, Jack (ha ha) who would you vote for–the party that treats you like a citizen with a citizen's rights or the party that treats you (except for a few high-ranking princesses) like a piece of property?

    June 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  69. wendy

    It's simple. Women are smarter than men.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  70. David in Indiana

    Women's liberation = Liberal. Love em or leave em, they make the choice. Who says I'm henpecked?

    June 16, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  71. Scott Stodden

    Jack speaking as a gay Democrat I can say women are more likely to be Democrats because there smarter than men, look at my girl Hillary Clinton!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    June 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  72. Chelle, TX

    Don't forget that Conservative women are more likely to be ridiculed and put down by the mainstream media and society. What woman in her right (or left) mind would sign up for that?

    June 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  73. Marie MD

    I can't speak for other women, but I personally don't want a bunch of old white men or their underfoot backwards thinking women to tell me what to do with my body or what to think. It is the 21st century after all.
    The 2008 election proved that women don't have to be like the boys (hunting, lying, scheming, unethical, adulterers) to be liked.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  74. Stephanie, Alabama

    Because we are smarter.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  75. Quan Le

    Women are more caring than men. Being a democrat means looking out for the little guy, developing social issues, and helping people who are less fortune. Men are more competitive and care the most about their own prowess. Republicans protect their own elitist self interest and disregard the larger collective.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  76. Christine from Ocean City, MD

    As a woman, when I listen to Republicans it always seems that they are all about "the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  77. Billy in Las Vegas

    what do Republicans offer women?

    think about it, Jack. they have fought AGAINST just about every womans issue from equal opportunity and pay in the work place to healthcare since WWII.

    a woman voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  78. Susan Frost

    Maybe because we just don't like to vote outside our species?

    Tuscaloosa AL

    June 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  79. Chris, Bx., NY

    Women are progressive, and fair individuals....enough said.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  80. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    It is very simple Jack, republicans are too negative and are not inclusive. Whenever, a republican comes on the news and he is not negative I will listen, but when he starts with negative and partial true information I turn the station. The American people are not stupid we recognize bull when we hear it.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  81. Roland-St George, UT

    I think it's because women tend to have more of a collaborative approach to things in general. It's how they are socialized beginning as young girls. We men tend to separate ourselves out by category and then being aggressive by nature, we continually vie for the Alpha positions, whereas women see each other more equally within their own ranks, recognizing that each person brings unique perspectives and/or strengths with them to contribute to the collaborative effort for the good of the group. (Roland/St George, UT)

    June 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  82. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Oh boy, Jack, this is quite a question! The answer is a long one, but I will keep it brief:

    1. The majority of women detest war.
    2. Women tend to be more compassionate, and we see the Democratic party as more willing to help people, especially those less fortunate. For example, Bush vetoed the SCHIP Bill last year which would have provided health insurance for an additional 7 million children; Obama came into Office and signed the Bill into law.

    3. Women are more likely to be supportive of Social Justice issues.

    4. Women, know that if the GOP's far-right-extremists had their way, they would not allow women the right over their own bodies.

    5. Women are more likely to be more fair. We despise the vile rhetoric from the far-right-extremists.

    etc., etc.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  83. Alex in Seattle

    Because the Democratic Party is the party of social issues. Helpful social issues like health care for the poor and other safety net things. Not Puritan social issues the Republicans focus on.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  84. Donald in CA

    Because they are smarter then most men. They recognize which party does the most for them.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  85. Yash in Virginia

    That Republicans are "old, white, males" is the popular sentiment among many comedians. It may be that women are able to be more tolerant and rational to issues then men. Democrats are known to be more pro-choice than Republicans and more tolerant of different beliefs/practices. Therefore, it makes sense to me that women may be more likely to be Democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  86. Ed'sKate

    Because they are the party that has the best interests of the working class at heart. They have always done this and will continue to do so. The opposition has always put the best interest of the rich and big business first. It is time both parties stopped all the fighting and did what they were elected to do, that is work together for the best interests of ALL of the American citizens.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  87. Thomas, Costa Rica

    The Poll results only show once again that women are more "socially conscientious" than men. Women are more interested in "fairness", "family" and "charity" than most men. Unfortunately, it has been almost exclusively men who have lead us into the current economic mess; men who have lead our nation into world-wide disdain; men who would bring us to the brink of destruction with uncontrolled "jingoism" and war. Let's go Ladies !!! It's time to make your political power felt !!!

    June 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  88. Jane - WI

    Many women are Democrats because it's all about "feelings". It's about wanting someone to take care of them and pay for all their wants and needs. this is what the Democrat Party promises - they'll be your daddy and your nanny.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  89. Amarissa

    I am a woman, Jack, and I "used" to be a Democrat! So I think this poll is wrong. Where did they interview? In the White House? Congress? MSNBC? Ed Sullivan Theater?

    Miami, Florida

    June 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  90. Mary Bren

    Because Democratic men LIKE and REASPECT women! Case in point for Repubs, the usury of Sarah Palin for "women votes" during Presidential campaign. NOW, they don't NEED or WANT her. Neither do they care about multi-racial factions. They are greedy dinosaurs with self-serving attitudes – in a conundrum that will continue! And that's good!

    Mary GA

    June 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  91. M. L. Schrenger

    Hi Jack,
    More women are democrats because they are usually smarter than most men and because they unfortunately, usually make less money than men! Also, because they are caretakers of their children and families. They want to see social justice, they are more likely to believe in public education, they want to see fairness in healthcare, they want more decent paying jobs for all Americans, they want wars to be the last option, they know how important womens' rights are and they want everyone to have a fair shot at the American Dream. Women who are Democrats just "get it"!
    Louisville, KY

    June 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  92. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, Women are more likely to be smarter than Men. Jack From Nice, Ca.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  93. john

    iI can't be sure ,but could it be because they care more about people than the portfolios of the wealthiest americans.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  94. mike in c.a.

    I think that women have a maternal instincs that guide how they view politicans, The percieved concerns that politicans show toward issues that affect their children drive the choices women make. History has shown how recent politicans have neglected the care of our children.and that has changed how women view them as leaders. "you go girl" If the democrats want to keep the support of women, they need to take care of our children.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  95. Arthur Serota, Santa Monica

    Jack... this is an easy one. Women are more about engagement, men are more about force. Boys need to learn how to use their words. It's no accident that most film actors who've achieved fame as action heroes are indeed Republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  96. Karen - Missouri

    Because we're smart and are more compassionate toward others. We're hard-workers, multi-taskers. Republicans only know one job...WHINE

    June 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  97. Yash

    The old adage that Republicans are "old, white, men" is used by many comedians. I believe that women are more tolerant and more receptive to other people's beliefs/practices. Therefore, it does not really shock me that women are more likely to be Democratic. Democrats are more pro-choice and more tolerant of different practices.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  98. Dunga in Colorado

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because Democrates think humanly and clearly.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  99. William Courtland

    The Amazon/female occult has reason to fear religion: as social order is discords opposite: so most of the sisterhood is likely democrat: yet to attempts to control the republican party with hypnosis and trust are likely also in play. Why else start a war in Iraq: when you could have just taken their people away from them: that muslim theology is a threat to the Amazon's: their pride in religion... so it was better just to created ties of hate than allow the west a familiar kinship with the theo-muslim world.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  100. Carol

    Women are smarter.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  101. Trevor from NorCal

    There are many reasons I think. First may be the abortion issue. Democrats say, "It's the woman's body, and her choice." Republican's seem to overlook the woman altogether. Secondly, Republican's tend to be Christian conservative and Christianity is inately anti-woman or at least more pro-male. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife...what about coveting the husband? And thirdly, ironically is the respect of life. Repbulicans are pro-gun, big business, and both, unchecked, don't have human life in their core interests. I am sure big business would sell lead lollipops to kids if the FDA wouldn't stop them.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  102. calvin

    why who knows. women change there mind like there shoes every 5 mintues. it time we stop being democrats and republicans and become americans. we have listen to long to people who claim to have our best care as there main job in life. the fact is both partys will see that the people who gave them money to get elected get there wishes. why would a man or woman spend millions to get a job for 100k per year the perks? we need to set limited on our comgress. to many have been there for long. 2 times is enough.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  103. Jennifer K.

    As far as women voters, Jack, I can only speak for myself. I am a Conservative, and I swear, I think I was born that way. I am hard-core Pro-Life, and hard-core against big government. Speaking of big government, if the time comes when I step out of the shower to wipe off the mirror and see Big Brother's reflection in the mirror, I will look for a cave to live in. I do realize that the majority of women voters are Demo's, but there are women who are like me. Hail, Sarah Palin!


    June 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  104. Kris in S.K

    Honestly I think it comes down to a difference in emotions. I don't mean that women are more emotional and men have none or anything like that. Democrats are more likely to stop and think about what the consequences are. Republicans often go with a more "gut feeling" and these qualities are more present in men as a whole than they are in women.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  105. Anna of Milton, Florida

    We're smarter.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  106. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    The United States is a great nation because its foundation is the American family. In that typical family the man goes out and earns the money to pay for the family’s needs. At least that is what a typical family looked like in the 60’s, but the idea still holds true for today. The heart of the family, what keeps the family together and makes certain that everyone is tucked in is the woman of the house. Women have always played a critical role in all of our lives. Our mothers are the one person that cares for the rest. The Democratic Party cares for the family. Democrats have traditionally stood tall for the bread-winner, the one who has to fend for their family. Just like the woman of the home, Democrats care for their families. That is why women are more likely to be Democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  107. Patricia F, Pine Plains NY

    Women are saner then most men. Honestly.

    During the Great Depression it was the male that threw himself off the building to his demise, not the women. Yet women hold more of the wealth (we out live you and inherit). Women are patient and know things will turn around. Men aren't that patient. All traits of Democrates.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  108. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    They have a higher I.Q.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  109. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    This is easy, Jack. On average, women are far more likely to listen to their feelings and go with what makes them "feel good" than men who are normally less likely to let emotion dictate their choices. The democrats are a touchy-feely group that wants the world to be a happy place where everyone has what they want and everyone feels valued the same as everyone else. The Republicans are more pragmatic in their approach to social issues. Of course i am not counting the right-wing extremist view of things. For example, universal Heatthcare, Republicans acknowledge it sounds great but is very impractical when you take into account the price tag. Women have the maternal instinct that says people shouldn't suffer and we need to do everything we can at all costs.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  110. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    Women are more likely to be compassionate.
    Women are less likely to want to see their sons go off to war.
    Republicans are in general hard hearted warmongers with no regard for human life, liberty, or happiness.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  111. Phyllis Wakefield

    Because women are smarter than men! I rest my case!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  112. Geoff

    You know the answer. US women use their brains. Can't say that about men. They overwhelmingly voted for the last clown in office and have already forgetten the mistake they made.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Betty Staebler

    Because they are smarter
    Leland NC

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  114. eric moore

    Though some might say the fact that the Democratic party is identified with supporting a women's right to abortion, I think the support for Democrats go deeper. Democrats come across as more caring and less bellicose than Republicans. Democrats have several party leaders that are women and have high visibility.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Annie, Atlanta

    It’s that nurturing thing, Jack. Most women care about others. Republicans appear to care about the almighty dollar, women towing their line on what to do with their bodies, and abject hate (sometimes violently) of anyone or anything different, under the guise of “Christian values.” The hypocrisy is striking in its scope. Those of us who can actually think on our own don't buy it.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  116. Kellyrose

    I think most women look better in blue than red.

    Tampa, FL

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Ronnie

    Most women are pro choice because they believe in being able to make decisions over their own bodies. Since people who are pro choice are affiliated with the democrat party, there will be more female democrats than female republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  118. Lara

    Women are more likely to be democrats for a variety of reasons but mainly to have control over their reproductive rights, Women like the ability to have a choice so they are for the PRO CHOICE party

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Sara

    Women and other minorities are more likely to be Democrats because the Democratic party favors their rights more than the Republican party. Democrats are more often pro-choice and for gay marriage than not.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  120. Lisa Frahn

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because the Women's Movement aligned itself with the Democratic party and through participation have been able to influence changes that the Republican party was not as open and available to. Republicans were about business and Democrats were about society. Don't like what'sgoing on right now Republicans – look around, should have had more women inclusion for more voices. The economy sent us to work, good luck now!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  121. John Mc

    To gravitate to a Democratic worldview calls for empathy, understanding, and kindness, qualities more common to women in our society. On average, women also have more common sense, and more giving, nurturing natures. They tend not to be impressed with the so-called "strong father" model favored by Republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  122. cathy

    why? because we tend to be compassionate; we're more understanding about the differences between the way things should be and the way things really are; we still aren't as likely to be running massive corporations or ponzi schemes... and we're smarter. that's why we like you so much, jack.

    rua in riverside, ca

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  123. Janis Mecklenburg

    Republicans are just plain MEAN! Women like to have conversations to fix problems. We like to listen and talk. Republicans try to brain wash us with "bumper sticker" slogans. They don't care what we have to say!!! They just want to tell us how to think and pass laws to help their rich croneys. Democrats listen and care about issues of ordinary people. Democrats try to make everyday life better.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  124. Katarina Nolte

    The Democratic Party is less patriarchal.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  125. Craig

    Woman are more likely to align with being caregivers, it seems the social programs of the Democratic Party is more like they are then the rough tough bullying of the GOP

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Brad Gilmer

    Women tend to feel more obligated to help those that are struggling. This is why many women become nurses.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  127. Greg, Franconia, NH

    When it come to politics women rely on their brains whereas men tend to rely more on their emotions.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  128. Regina Deveau

    Only one reason, they are smarter than men
    Regina, Nova Scotia

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  129. colin hodge

    I think women are more likely to be democrat because women tend to be more liberal than men.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  130. laura a.

    I don't know. I am a proud conservative. I believe in personal achievement, rather than reliance on the government. There is a true danger in the mindset that someone else is responsible for another's happiness – it robs an individual from achieving his or her true potential!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  131. Alicia R

    bottom line – women have more feelings than men, so they care about peoples issues more.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  132. Connie


    Women, especially mothers, spend a great share of their lives moderating squabbles between siblings, understand how to work around a spouse. They understand giving of yourself, helping those who can't and just plain being fair and humane.

    We really do live by the "Do Unto Others as You Would Have them Do Unto You".

    June 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  133. Dela

    Women are most likely to be democrats because they are more sensible.
    Sarasota, Florida.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  134. Michael


    it's because women are a lot smarter than men (I really mean that) they can see things from a different perspective. they can see how the decision they make would impact their kids, neighbors and everyone around them. we men are usually concern about ourselves and how we can get more out of everything (a somewhat conservative tendency).


    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  135. Erna B.

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because they are more intelligent.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  136. Carolyn

    Years ago, women took the majority position in most universities, and higher education generally leads to a more leftist political viewpoint. Women, also, probably tend to veer away from conservative ideologies and tradition, as tradition in this country has been markedly patriarchal.

    -Carolyn, Boston, MA

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  137. Mary Lyda

    The Democratic Party is more concerned with helping the people as opposed to the Republican Party which involves itself with Big Business. Since women are generally more compassionate by nature, it seems only natural that more women would be Democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  138. Derek in Tennessee

    Well I was stumped so I asked a female friend of mine and she said it's because there are a bunch of old, arrogant white guys in the Republican party and a lot younger, hotter guys in the Democratic Party. I guess for some people it's just that simple.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  139. Anne from Canada

    Easy my dear Watson, Women have a social conscience. They are the nurturer, they help others, they want everyone to get along etc... need I say more....

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  140. Libby Helprin

    Because we are deep down "kinder and gentler" than the opposite sex.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  141. SteveM

    Women are less selfish and have a mind set/philosophy which which is centered around "GOOD FOR THE MANY". Women are genuinely more family oriented and social and they think more strategically.

    Clifton, VA

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  142. Liz in Brooklyn

    Because women feel, like in every other aspect of life, that they need to take care of everyone.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  143. Cristina

    Cristina from Haverhill, MA:

    Democrats are the party of the people, Republicans are the party for businesses. I guess that more women realize that when people are hurting, the country is hurting, and businesses are only out to help themselves. Women are the caretakers by nature, so it makes sense.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  144. Jon E Auer

    I just asked my wife this exact question as you proposed it...

    Her answer: Because Men insist on being Republican!

    Its a Venus / Mars thing Jack

    and I do not understand

    Jon in Nashville

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  145. Cindy Launch

    I think more women are democrats because women are more open-minded than men, willing to adapt to change, and don't necessarily follow their parents' footsteps when it comes to politics as many men do.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  146. thelastpersonwithcommonsense

    Jack, I realize you may have just arrive on the planet yesterday, but everyone here knows that if women are about anything, its about security. If any political party comes up with promises to care for you from cradle to grave, the majority of women will eat it up. Its as simple as that. Course they also do tend to vote for the candidate they would most likely like to bed, but I digress.

    Bob from Williamsburg, VA

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  147. Leeann

    I know exactly why women are more likely to be democrats, It's because we know republicans like war, and also because we are smarter!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  148. Doyle Tulsa, OK.

    That's easy Jack. Women tend to be Democrats because "Girls Mature Faster Than Boys"!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  149. Jennifer - Brooklyn

    How obvious – really Jim with your smarts and pay rate is this question the best you can do....look at the track record for women and people of different cultural backgrounds than the traditional white male power structure. Democrats win in supporting those who are different from them! Really can't CNN do better than this on these subjects.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  150. Elly K

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because we are more caring and thoughtful of overall situations. Women naturally are nurturers, and Democrats try harder for a peaceful outcome and are more concerned of mother nature and Earth.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  151. Mr. Huxley

    Lyndon Bayne Johnson Jack! Affirmative Action and Abortion!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  152. mary wells

    It's all about the right to choose, Jack! No Republican will receive my
    vote as long as the party remains committed to Xian-right fanaticism.
    Obviously it's less important to men, since they don't get left "holding
    the baby"!!!
    Pozzi (San Francisco)

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  153. Ben deIpolyi

    Why are women more likely to be Democrats?

    It's the same reason that more top Ivy League Universities now have to accept males with applications not as strong as females.

    Females are smarter.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  154. Laura

    We have brains.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  155. Robert Meighan

    Why are women more Democratic?
    Three words: Roe v Wade
    Right to choose over the right to life. While I support not wanting the Govt. to dictate a womans right to choose, I have no illussions that it is taking a life and morally I am against it.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  156. native american

    woman are more emotional so are dems. Woman are weaker then man so are dems. ECT ECT ECT

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  157. Mark A. Foster

    Average women's earnings are 80 cents on every dollar earned, on average, by men. In addition, in most Western societies, women are socialized to be empathetic and "maternal." Those two factors, below average income and empathy, draw them to the Democratic Party, which has promoted itself as the party of the disadvantaged.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  158. AARON

    Because the most recent and prominent achievement made by a woman in a major political party was done by Hilary Clinton. 18 million voted for her and she still looks powerful. The day that will happen in Republican party, watch out for a shift. Aaron from San Diego, CA

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  159. Howard Flysher

    It's obvious since women bring life into the world, they are more humanistic Since the democrats are usually more social conscious then the more self centered Republicans..

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  160. Perry

    Generally, girls mature faster and are smarter than boys in their teenage years. This tends to even out by the mid-20s. So it is more natural for women to be Democrats than Republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  161. Bobby Fraker

    Could it be testosterone? That seems to be the biggest difference.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  162. margie ,Illinois

    Well Jack, women are smarter than men.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Ania M.Palermo

    Only a man would ask this question! When Republicans are targeting Roe vs Wade and we actually have a death of an abortion doctor on our hands, after our fellow feminists marched and fought for our rights, why would I affiliate myself with a party that wants to take my body rights away from me??

    June 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  164. Lorraine Cameron

    Gee-Jack-that's so EASY-they (women) are smarter!!


    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  165. Dorota, Brampton, Ontario

    Hi Jack, love your segment!
    Women are more likely to become Democrats because we are more about compassion, inclusion and doing right by our fellow brothers, sisters and children and less about profit making or upholding of status.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  166. Chris NYC


    Because their smarter. (any other response may get me stabbed by my wife...)

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  167. George

    Democratic women will most likely be pro-choice and is probably one of the major reasons for their choice.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  168. Brad

    I would assume that most women don't like to be objectified unless they idolize Carrie Prejean or Sarah Palin. The real question, Jack, is why would a woman be a Republican?

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  169. willie ward

    females apparently more concerned with the betterment of their offspring,where as men tend to be more concerned with making money.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  170. Paula Dow

    Jack, We think, therefore we are.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  171. Brandon

    In recent years, the Democratic Party has come across as more empathetic and respectful and less confrontational, especially in international issues than Republicans. This respect for life and humanity resonates well with with women, while the the stubborn and aggressive approach that has typified the Republican approach to international issues in recent years does not appeal to women.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  172. Carol Tucker

    Because Republicans tend to be ideological blowhards, insensitive to human needs, and we don't like to listen to that.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  173. Mark Sottek

    Why are women more likely to be Democrats?

    From my experience, women care about families, healthcare, the price of groceries & the realities of living.

    Maybe men, like myself, are just a little "out of touch" with the "basics."

    A New Orleans Katrina Survivor

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  174. Jay

    Most women care too much about others to be republican.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  175. Mary Jo

    This isn't REALLY a question, is it? Let's see, the party of pompus white men vs. the party respectful of women and minorities; where's the question? Women see Democrats as representative of our values. Embracing this party shouldn't be a surprise.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  176. Claire

    Because we have the family brain cells....

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  177. thomas minervino

    Probably because thier are smarter

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  178. Eve - AZ

    Because we have a lifetime of rich FEMALE experience, which more often than not allows us to reach a better conclusion than men.

    Eve – AZ

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  179. Dominic Rota

    I believe women are most likely to be Democrat, for contemporary women in the U.S. favor political and social equality, which stems from their desire to attain the desired equality with men.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  180. John Logsdon

    Hey! Women keep the world going. They are nicer than men, they understand that children shouldn't die in war, they think health is good for everybody, eat your broccoli, Jack, and they didn't plant IEDs all over the place when they found out the Republicans don't pay them as much as men for the same jobs.

    John the elder

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  181. Joseph Wardy...Randolph, NJ

    The brain wiring of woman, in general, differs from that of a man. A woman;s brsain is whole and is able to be more open than a man who operates only in a linear and structured way.

    Look at why men who are more Republican and connect it to the narrow view of such heavyweights like Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney. The fact that men's emotions are basically restricted to sex and hunger is yet another example of the narrow structure of a man's basic being. Very Republican!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  182. Wanda in Arlee, MT

    Because women know what is important: Family, schools, healthcare. Or, more succinctly, people.

    Men think money is the answer to everything and that's what Republicans are obsessed with except when they are obsessed with religion.

    Also: The freedom over our own bodies and minds is at stake. Republicans represent religious chains on women and we've moved beyond that.

    When men are the ones who go through pregnancy and give birth, that's the day the abortion issue will stop being important to Republican men.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  183. farween

    That’s because Republican tends to stereotype. Democrat treats strong women with respect and know how to distinguish between the right and wrong.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  184. Howard

    Women, the real supreme beings, get it! They as a whole know that it is about "us" in this country. They have always crossed socio-economic and racial differences to help other women, due especially to their responsibilty surrounding the needs of families and the forgotten man. They do not have these large egos that get in the way of real progress. The world would be much better off with women in a dominant position in all walks of life.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  185. Sateen Tashnizi

    Of course women are Democrats they are way smarter and actually think about their decision.Men are too busy thinking about whats for lunch. If more men would listen to what their wives say this country would closely relate to the lyrics of "Imagine" by John Lennon

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  186. jacki s

    If you knew how many of these women have hit "glass ceilings" or been left to raise kids alone with no help from their ex, it may explain a lot. When times are dire, you crave the less risky, more protective environments – something safe. I can see where women would not want the risks associated with some of the Republican philsophies. Government may not be a save-all, but big business has not been particularly kind to women for many years.

    Oh, by the way – I'm female, 56, divorced twice, raised 2 kids alone and I'm a successful Republican executive – but it was not easy.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  187. Pranav Kothare

    Republicans usually consist of conservative views with more aggresive policies. If you think of US politics as a relationship, the man is the beer bellied, deer hunting Republican and the woman is the peace loving, weary Democrat. All jokes aside, I also think it has to do a lot with the level of education, and women are, on an average, more educated than men and therefore have more progressive views.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  188. Shiva

    Hey Jack, I love you dawg. Anyways, aout your question...More women tend to be democrats due to the fact that the democratic platform is predominantly emotionally based, which is how women tend to make decisions. They tend to get swept up in emotional rhetoric rather than FACTS.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  189. kc

    Women are caring and considerate. Republicans are staunch and unforgiving.It's not that women want to be Democrats, they just don't want to be Republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  190. Paul Juby

    It's easy jack ,
    If they nag you long enough you just give in sometimes ,so goes life and politics.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  191. John in Ithaca, NY

    Because for the most part men still run everything, women have been able for quite some time to have a different perspective. When you aren't busy running things it's easier to see the mistakes and (often) the hubris of those who do. Simply understanding that those in charge are not always right makes it difficult to be a Republican. Democrats believe everyone's opinion matters. Republicans seem to believe that there is only one right way to do things.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  192. Colonel Dan

    Women are nurturers, aligning with the Democrat proposals to provide medical insurence for those 47 million folks without such coverage, et al.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  193. Dominic Rota

    I believe women are most likely to be Democrat, for contemporary women in the U.S. favor political and social equality, which stems from their desire to attain the desired equality with men. Nashville, TN

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  194. laura

    We are more likely to be Democrats because most of us are already married to obtuse, narrow-minded men who only listen to what comes out of their own mouth. We want something different.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  195. Bruce - Las Vegas


    Presuming to know what women want or think has always been dangerous territory for me but to hazard a guess I'd say it is because democrats supported and have now passed equal pay laws and support a woman's right to choose on abortion issue. Throw in republican's reckless attitudes for needless wars lately and it's a lock for the democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  196. John

    Rebublican policies are things which are generally associated with macho-ness like they like war and conflicts with other nations. Democrats on the other hand like peace, cater for social issues; these are issues which women identify with more. With that said i believe that applies to a part of population since other factors like education, race and location also plays a role in party affiliation.
    Nandi, Kenya.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  197. Ed from Southwest Colorado

    I have to agree with Anna of Milton, FL.... I think women are smarter. Plus they don't react with a testosterone high every five minutes and try to prove who is the bigger and best and try to go out and conquer something. I truly believe if women were the CEO's of the failed banks, we wouldn't have had the meltdown. And, yeah, I'm a male.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  198. Mark

    There will be plenty of commentary here about why women would side with the Democrats–much of it joking, much of it snide–but the simple reality is that the issue is now, and has for thirty years, been almost exclusively about the issue of abortion. Right or wrong, agree or disagree, I suspect that the notion of whether they might be required to carry a pregnancy to term that they were not anticipating is sufficient for most women to trump virtually all other issues. As long as such a decision requires tremendous personal, financial, and emotional sacrifices, and as long as the issue continues to so neatly divide the definitions of the two major parties, there will be a gender gap.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  199. James Vineland, NJ

    Jack, I’m male, and I’ll tell you exactly why women are more likely to be democrats: because they’re not total unthinking morons like us men are. Men like leaders who think like them. They want their presidents and congressmen to solve every problem with violence, grab as much money as possible for themselves and their cronies, and treat everyone who thinks differently than them like some kind of deviant, because these are all things that men love to do. And it just so happens that the Republican party is usually better at achieving these goals then the Democratic party.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  200. Tyler

    Im a 17 year old male and from what ive seen, men are far more stubborn then females. Democrats are very interested in new ideas and changing the current system for what they believe is better. And many men just do not want to accept that.

    Maybe thats because (white) men have never been challenged by there race or sex like women have. Even today women are seen as not the equals of men. Its sad to see after such a long time, women are still being discriminated against.

    Basically men want things to be like they were in the 50's where the men were "rulers" of the household and women were their servants. Which i see as a republican view on life. And women want change, they want power and the same rights men have. Which is a very democratic view on life.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  201. Virginia

    Jack, I thought everyone knew this. The Demoncract party is a party sensitive to people needs. They are concerned about us, whether we have a place to live, food to eat, energy in our homes, health care, even transportation and communications. In others words it is an all people party, your race, color, gender neither your religious preferences matters. They are concerned about the poor and middle class people.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  202. Jide

    Democrats fundamentally care more about the well beings people. Republicans fundamentally care more about property. Therefore it follows that more women are democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  203. Vicki

    Mothers instinctively believe in fairness, and if they don't practice it, their children are constant reminders. Little in Republican poitics embodies fairness, so the Democrat bent is the obvious choice.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  204. Bruce Colyer

    Women like to have a choice so they are democrats. Republicans only know how to say "NO"

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  205. gilles mauviel

    Jack women are more democrats because they love equal rights given to less fortunate people and when it comes to hardline problems women will negociate instead of confronting aggressively

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  206. Candy S

    Women are more likely to be Democrats than men because more often than not, women are among the 'have-nots', and we know that Republicans are NOT looking out for those of us who 'have- not'!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  207. Tracy

    Democrat policies and thinking are not women unfriendly, and display flexibility- e.g. matches the capabilities of the female's larger corpus callosum. And most women don't hate themselves. The GOP makes policies that give MCPs arrogant comfort in their false sense of superiority over women.

    Tracy from LA

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  208. Jennie Smith

    Women have responded more favorably to the Democratic policies of having the government support and defend the needs Americans without healthcare for their families; those who have lost their jobs, those who continue to work hard to provide a home to their families. Over the past 50 years the Republican administrations have only catered to big business, big insurance companies and those 'fat cats" who have turned their back on the little people who struggle to make their lives better. Women of all ages know what this means...close up and personal.

    Jennie Smith, age 80

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  209. JerryH

    Hi Jack,

    Because women are far, far more intelligent, more sane and have a higher IQ than the male gender, regardless of education ( and I'm male ).

    JerryH, ( age 64 and writing from Chugiak, Alaska – 25 miles north of Anchorage )

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  210. Ashante

    The GOP wants to see us at home bare foot and pregnant without education. We are smart and born free and we set our own limits. Jack, if women are from Venus and men are from Mars the GOP must be from the ice age.

    Cicero, IL

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  211. rose belmonte

    It's really an easy question. A lot of women are left abandoned with
    children. If a child sees her mother struggling to just get by and fighting for child support? Social services would come to mind quick. Women have suffered by their own hand and bad judgment. However, men always seem to be in the background somewhere trying their hardest to
    escape any responsibility no matter what. Even if you come from a two parent family you will probably see or know someone who is in dire straits.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  212. james

    actually, it's that women are not shy about expressing their opinions honestly. while true that independents are a considerable percentage, the numbers lie because men get defensive about putting themselves out there, especially for such polls which they consider too invasive and opt for the independents category. i think overall, men and women have the same tendencies politically.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  213. G. B. in Idleyld Park, OR

    It's cultural. Men are in charge, and the Republican party, despite its insistence of not wanting Government to tell them what to do, conservatives WANT to tell others what they can and cannot do. Women have always been on the receiving end of this attitude. Democrats – demos, "the people" – want to do FOR others, not TO others – they want to EMpower the people, not limit them – and this is often perceived as a nurturing or "weak" stance. Thank goodness women are finding a party of tolerance to belong to, rather than the party of "NO!"

    June 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  214. Isaias Cardona-Lopez

    Well, women tend to be democratic because he world stereotype for republicans in the united states is rich white, old, American Joe, with a bit a a beer belly. As far as I know, women are more into leaders "For the people" that are younger, and don't wing it when it comes to women's rights, like Barrack Obama.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  215. lori

    Women are more likely to be Democrats because the Democrats actually work for womens issues, such as education, birth control issues and family planning issues, health care, child care, violence against women acts, gay and lesbian issues, and the list goes on–

    Democrats are intrinsically Pro-women and Republicans are instrinsically anti-women. .....

    Republicans work for big business, big corporations, big oil, big pharmaceuticals, they are war mongering, gun toting, bible thumping anti-choice bigots even though they claim to be for personal liberty and personal responsibility, they still don't think women can think for themselves and as a result I don't want them thinking for me so I NEVER EVER EVER vote Republican for those reasons!!!!

    Lori /Denver

    June 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  216. Dorothy from Illinois

    ....Equal Rights and Freedom of Choice....Need I say more?

    June 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  217. San

    Jack, I think that men are more likely to be Republicans because Republicans incite hyper-patriotism and that carries an aggressive overtone. Men are protectors and sometimes fear motivates the wrong rhetoric with phrases like "not a civilian of the world." Just like in everyday life, women tend to distance themselves from violent solutions.
    Thanks, San from New Paltz

    June 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  218. Brian Willingham

    Women from the start of American history until now have been victims of sexism. With all the abuse Sarah Palin takes I wouldnt be surprised if she became a democrat or independent soon.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  219. Alex Duthie

    I think it is obvious why more women are democrats than men.
    They are smarter and more intelligent than us.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  220. Dennis from Seattle

    Of course woman are more Democratic. They have more common sense, they don't care about GUN's for the most part. They don't get offended by Gays or what they do. Men are all full of testosterone and can't stand to have there man hood tested by taking there stupid guns or gays kissing in the street. A real man Cares for his family and doesn't care other peoples sexual or medical decisions.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  221. Bedford Umez

    More women identify with Democratic Party than men becaucse of the Democratic stands on the following issues:

    (1) Welfare Program - lots of women are single moms. They identify with Democratic Party which wants more welfare programs.

    (2) Affirmative Aaction - Affirmative action program helps women get those high paying jobs traditionally reserved for men. Republican party essentially stands against affirmative action.

    (3) Capital Punishment - Democrats are less supportive of Capital Punishment than Republicans, and this stance is in sink with women emotions.

    (4) Abortion – arguably, more women are prochoice than prolife.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  222. carolyn

    Women's rights! that is why more women are democrats.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  223. Patty Kenny

    Dear Jack,

    Why are women more likely to be Democrats? Research has shown that conservatives tend to be more "left brained" or concrete in their cognitive styles–black or white, right or wrong. Research also shows that women tend to biologically be more "right brained" in their cognitive style–less focused on absolute right and wrongs. So, fewer women are likely to be politically conservative. Also, women both biologically and culturally understand the need for, and value of, teamwork. We get that sometimes you are in a position in which "just pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" does not apply. We understand that there is good that can be done by government.
    Patty Kenny
    Old Town, ME

    June 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  224. lynne from NC

    Because most women are not the June Cleavers that the Republican Party want to believe that women are and want to send women back to.

    We have a mind and can think for ourselves. We don't need crazy, religious fanatics telling us what to do.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  225. Adrienne, Newport Beach, CA

    Various aspects can influence why women choose to affiliate themselves with the Democratic party. Liberal policies have be geared to included women's right to vote, affirmative action, abortion rights, and other public policies that preserve people's rights rather than to repress or eliminate them. The Republican Party hides behind the preservation of "Christian values" while their hypocritical policies indicate otherwise.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  226. Claude Wilson

    Women have always been smarter than men.

    Claude-Billings MT>

    June 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  227. Nelia Barber

    Women as traditional caregivers have learned to listen to both sides of an issue in an effort to come to a solution grounded in fairness and empathy. And Democrats are more fair and empahetic to the needs of all people and work toward making this a better country for all. Republicans care about big business, the corporations.

    N Barber
    Salt Lae City, UT

    June 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  228. Carolyn Bussard-Lamb

    That's easy, Jack. Women are caretakers. We believe that everyone should have food in their belly, a roof over their head, clothes on their back and health insurance.. These basics should be afforded to everyone in a free democratic society. Do you think REPUBLICANS believe this?

    June 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  229. Cliff Wooden Jr. Romulus,MI

    Because Republicans lie and cheat,and you already know Jack that women can't stand a liar or even worse a cheater..That pretty much sums up the Republican Party these days,they are DOOMED!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  230. Trey Wilcox

    This is a no brainer. Women have children and are generally the ones who are the caretakers, so of course they favor the party that supports the most governmental assistance for their lives.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  231. Don in Sutherlin

    Could be that women vote their pocket books. That is, more women then men are on some sort of public assistance. Therefore, the Democrat party appeals to them for obvious reasons.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  232. Jon, Atlanta Ga.

    It's because Women like peace not war!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  233. Todd Smyth

    Because the core values of the Democratic party are to expand health care, improve education and reduce poverty while the core value of the Republican party is to protect the wealthy by fear mongering people into voting against their own interests.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  234. Jean

    The Democratic Party is more accepting of complex and varied world views than is the Republican Party. Women are more likely to accept that there are many points of view when it comes to complex issues and to understand that simplistic knee jerk responses, no matter how often or how loudly repeated, will not suffice in today's world. Therefore, the Democratic Party is a natural choice as it allows for a broader and more practical response to problems and issues.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  235. Carol

    I'm a woman, former Republican, now registered Independent. Would never become a Democrat, nor would any adult I know.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  236. Paul Albert

    A lot of women vote democrat because of one deeply entrenced belief. They believe that the Republicans are misogynists. They do not believe in promoting women in high profile positions. If they do so, it is only for some parochial, political cynical and superficial reasons.

    Paul Albert
    North Carolina

    June 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  237. Kay Tealer

    Because women are intelligent and recognise that the way the Rep. party is going is not the way to run a goverment or any thing else for that matter. While using our intelligence first and formost, we can't ignore that we have a softer side and tend to think about things with more conscious and heart than not, which the Rep. party doesn't do.
    We know that rhetoric and bullying doesn't get the jop done.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  238. Margo in Kentucky

    Women are democrats because they believe in helping their fellow man. I think it is more compassion-related than being pro-abortion or pro-gay rights. Women are caretakers by nature and therefore they appreciate a government that cares for its own. I am a Christian and I don't appreciate all of the views of the democratic party, but even less so of the republicans. Jesus Christ doesn't force people to believe in him, He gives them the opportunity, but He loves people in spite of their sinfulness. Republicans believe in themselves. I like to compare Democrats to Jesus' followers, and Republicans to the Pharisees who stand on the street corners and proclaim how devout they are. Margo, Kentucky

    June 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  239. Silvia Eller

    Jack, women have a lot in common with the democrats. They have courage, a responsible attitute to their environment and often a lot more love in their heart for the beeings around them. Say it short: Women are smarter than men. If man would listen more to women a lot more pain could be prevented in this world. It is the nondemocratic ways that mostly are disrespectful to the ladies and you can see that they are in so much more pain, so here's the connection.
    Humble Lion Band

    June 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  240. Barbara

    When it was announced that Dick Cheney had a heart condition, I was totally amazed he had a heart. I find many Republicans to be, selfish, heartless, narrow-minded people. I think of Democrats as the opposite; caring, charitable and open-minded. Most women are by nature, care-givers and nurturers. Women are more sensitive and think with their heart. That's why there are more female Democrats. Barbara, Pensacola, FL

    June 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  241. Barbara

    I'd venture my guess that more women are Democrats because we view the Democratic Party as being more attuned to the needs of average Americans and average American families than the Republican Party which we view as openly elitist. But, I could be wrong. It might be that women have eschewed rightist politics because we're born with a natural intellectual bend to the left and it hurts too much to lean too far in the opposite direction.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  242. Becca

    Simple, Jack: we're smarter than them.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  243. Loretta

    The reason this woman is a Democrat is because I believe in helping the less fortunate by aiding the poor, I believe in strong gun control with restrictions on buying guns. I oppose the death penalty and believe in the woman's right to choose. I believe in the separation of church and state and support equality/gay civil unions and gay rights.
    The majority of macho men I know who are Republicans do not support any of the aforementioned.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  244. Mary Anne

    It's simple, we don't want to be apart of the "Good Ole Boys Club".

    June 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  245. Kay Tealer From San Carlos, Calif.

    Because women are intelligent and recognize that the way the Rep. party is going is not the way to run a government or anything else for that matter.
    While using our intelligence first and formost, we can't ignore that we have a softer side and tend to think about things with more conscious and heart than not.
    We know that rhetoric and bullying doesn't get the job done.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  246. Lois Kellerman

    If you add up the independent and democratic percentage for men and women the gender gap seems to be almost eliminated. This suggests an intriguing thought: Perhaps women are more likely to declare themselves up front, on principle, as committed to organizations that fully support social nurturing. (That is, recognizing the interdependence of all beings). And men may be more likely to prize the power of logic. (Thus preferring to stay open to a process of reasonably sifting through specific strategies right up until the final choice of candidate must be made).

    Lois Kellerman

    June 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  247. Terry from Illinois

    Women have smartened up to the Republican platform and policies.
    Republicans are against a women's right to choose, against equal pay for same job.
    No way should our government or our church be allowed to force a woman to have an unwanted baby or force a woman to work for lower wages while doing the same job !!!
    Until the white male dominated Republican Party moves away from the extreme positions effecting women, they will vote Democrat...

    June 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |