Vast gender gap in presidential preference

by Bryna Godar

Gallup polls found the widest gender gap between presidential candidates since 1952 this election with President Barack Obama drawing more women and Republican challenger Mitt Romney drawing more men.

Obama won the vote among women by 12 points, while Romney won among men with an eight-point margin. That totals a 20-point gender gap between presidential preference.

In 2008, neither Obama or opponent John McCain had an edge among men, but Obama had an edge of 14 points among women. Most of the shift in this race stemmed from men voting more Republican.