5 Myths About the Election Busted
Think youve got the election all figured out? Brace yourself.
By Melinda Henneberger
Photo Credit: Plamen Petkov
1. DEMOCRATS HAVE IT IN THE BAG.
Yes, President Bushs approval ratings are doing the limbo. How low can they go? Last November, for the first time in the history of the Gallup Poll, 50 percent of Americans said they "strongly disapprove" of the job the president is doing. But even people who are furious at Bush over Iraq say they wont necessarily vote for a Democrat. Many argue that its not fair to blame the entire Republican Party especially when Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, voted to authorize the war in Iraq as well. Which brings us to...
2. WOMEN VOTE FOR WOMEN, PERIOD.
Women across the political spectrum like the idea of a female president, but it doesnt mean theyll vote for the one in the race. Women from left to right continue to express skepticism about Clinton, even as she leads in the polls.
3. WE VOTE ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST TO US.
Suuure we do! To do otherwise would be irrational, yes? All the same, men and women often say their top issue is health care or the environment then go on to explain why they voted against the candidate who agreed with them. Our choices are more emotional than wed like to admit often based on who seems more trustworthy or authentic.
4. WOMENS ISSUES ARE KEY TO WOMEN VOTERS.
What is a womens issue? Hard to say, when some of us put health care at the top of our list and others want a fence along the Mexican border. What we do know: White, married women have been trending Republican for years, while single women and women of color favor the Democrats.
5. CANDIDATES SPOUSES DONT MATTER.
Except that they do. A full third of women voters say its not just the spouse that weighs on their choice of president, but the perceived happiness of the marriage as well.