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Obama's Gender Advantage Extends to the States

President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

April 5, 2012

New detail on recent swing state polling further sharpens the picture on the difficulties confronting Mitt Romney among women-and the troubles President Obama faces among men.


Earlier this week, Gallup/USA Today surveys found Obama leading Romney both nationally and in 12 key swing states on the strength of big advantages among women. But Romney's problem in the poll wasn't equally dispersed among all women. Further crosstabs on the surveys provided by Gallup to National Journal showed that Obama's lead with women was rooted in his strength among college-educated white women (as well as minority women); in both surveys Romney still led among white women without a college education, the so-called waitress moms. For that matter, Romney led in both the national and swing state polls among white men with and without a college degree.

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