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Politico reports on a policy poll that finds

Economic anxiety among women

According to a poll released Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center,

According to an advance copy of the poll, provided exclusively to Politico, 59 percent of women said they were “worried and concerned about achieving [their] economic and financial goals over the next five years,” compared with just 33 percent who called themselves “hopeful and confident.”

In contrast, American men were more evenly divided, with 44 percent calling themselves confident about the future and 46 percent saying they were worried.

It’s a gender gap. Bigger than ever. And the even more interesting numbers

women are not just more anxious about making economic ends meet—they are also worried that the odds are stacked against them because of their gender, and they are looking to the government for help.
Fifty-five percent of female respondents said government should take a more active role, in general, to help people meet their needs. Only 41 percent of men said the same.

Seventy-five percent of female respondents said the government ought to provide more assistance to families planning for retirement. Men lagged slightly behind, with 66 percent agreeing.

Seventy-five percent of women also told the pollster that the government should increase funding for childcare and early education programs. Fifty-nine percent of men supported action on this issue – a high number, but still short of the solid consensus among women.

A full 77 percent of women said it was very or extremely important that the new president and Congress take on the issue of pay equity after they are sworn into office in January.

While the article compares this gap to the one helping Gore in 2000, I will have to wonder who will benefit from it. The article recognizes that it

could have serious implications for the fall elections.

in related news:

Obama stalls in public polling

They finally noticed! Still clueless as to why – after all the hard PR they gave him:

ABC News polling director Gary Langer asked, “If everything is so good for Barack Obama, why isn’t everything so good for Barack Obama?”

and the historical reference:

In Gallup’s last national poll prior to the 2004 party conventions, for example, John Kerry led George W. Bush 47 percent to 43 percent.

Another “gap” is mentioned:

That gap between expectations and reality comes as Democrats enjoy the most favorable political winds since at least 1976. At least eight in ten Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track. The Republican president is historically unpopular. From stunning Democratic gains in party registration to the high levels of economic anxiety, Obama by most every measure should have a healthy lead. Yet in poll after poll, Obama conspicuously fails to cross the 50-percent threshold.

So, asking again



Rassmunsen finds that voters trust McCain on issues:

John McCain is now trusted more than Barack Obama on nine out of 14 electoral issues

McCain has expanded his leads on nearly every issue he had previously had the advantage on, while Obama’s leads have diminished over the past two weeks.

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