2012 Battleground State Exit Polls

Below are exit poll results for battleground states conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International highlighting findings on gender.*

The Gender Gap: The difference between the percentages of women and men who support a given candidate, generally the leading or winning candidate. Even if women and men favor the same candidate, they may do so by different margins, resulting in a gender gap. We calculate the gender gap for each poll based on the votes of women and men who support the candidate leading in that poll.
   Example: [%Women for Leading Candidate] – [%Men for Leading Candidate] =Gender Gap

The Women's Vote: The percentage point advantage that one candidate has over the other among women voters – that is, the difference in support for the major party candidates among women voters only.
   Example: [%Women for Obama] – [%Women for Romney] = Women's Vote
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* Exit Polls were only conducted in 31 states.

Poll Date
in Field
Overall Results Gender
Gap
Women's Vote Women for
Romney
Men for
Romney
Women for
Obama
Men for
Obama
Colorado
11/06
Obama  51%
Romney 47%
0 pts.
+1% Obama
49% 46% 50% 50%
Florida
11/06
Obama  50%
Romney 49%
7 pts.,
6 pts.
+7% Obama 46% 52% 53% 46%
Iowa
11/06
Obama  52%
Romney 46%
15 pts. +19% Obama 40% 53% 59% 44%
Nevada
11/06
Obama  52%
Romney 46%
10 pts. +14% Obama 42% 51% 56% 46%
New Hampshire
11/06
Obama  52%
Romney 46%
11 pts. +16% Obama 42% 51% 58% 47%
North Carolina
11/06
Obama  48%
Romney 51%
5 pts. +2% Obama 49% 54% 51% 45%
Ohio
11/06
Obama 50%
Romney 48%
10 pts. +11% Obama 44% 53% 55% 45%
Virginia
11/06
Obama  51%
Romney 48%
7 pts. +9% Obama 45% 51% 54% 47%
Wisconsin
11/06
Obama  53%
Romney 46%
10 pts. +15% Obama 42% 51% 57% 47%

 

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