Election 2012: Exit Polls Show Women Helped Obama, Murphy to Easy Win in Connecticut

Both easily won the state, but with a big help from female voters.


Exit polling in Connecticut shows there's a gender gap in this state that works well for Democrats.

The polling by the Associated Press also shows that while voters preferred Democrat Chris Murphy over Republican Linda McMahon, most didn't care for either of the candidate's ethics.

Here's a rundown of some of the other Connecticut exit polling conclusions:

  • Being a woman wasn't a huge help for Linda McMahon. She couldn't convince enough female voters who lean Democratic to cross the political aisle and vote for her.
  • Six out 10 Connecticut women prefer Obama. The president's easy win in our blue state can be credited, in a large part, to women.
  • More Catholics voted for McMahon, more Protestants and other Christians backed Murphy. But those of little or no faith supported him 75 percent more than McMahon.
  • Most voters said they weren't all that concerned about McMahon's former role with World Wrestling Entertainment (she served as its CEO), though Democrats sought to make it a campaign issue.
  • Independents in Connecticut make up a third of the electorate, and they were fairly evenly split between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Fewer of them voted for Obama this year, however, than they did in 2008.
Beth Anderson November 08, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The 15% pay cut that the Town of Madison and Madison Police Union recently negotiated is commendable to all involved, in these very difficult financial times. Monetary concessions are our best hope for Madison's financial stability. Hopefully we may be able to revisit maintaining some union benefits in the future if the economy turns around after a few years. Hope for change.
M. C. November 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Well said Beth....I wish the rest of the country thought that way.


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