Friday, November 09, 2012
Female Vote Sank Mourdock
According to an AP exit poll of Hoosier voters from Tuesday's election, Joe Donnelly had a 10-point advantage among female voters, 52-42%. The same poll claims that Donnelly would have lost nearly one-fourth of his support if his opponent had been Sen. Richard Lugar instead of Mourdock. In a match-up between Lugar and Donnelly, Lugar led 46-39%, although that margin is much smaller than match-ups between Donnelly and Lugar in polls taken last spring when Mourdock easily defeated him in the Republican primary. If Donnelly had directed the negative attacks he used against Mourdock on Lugar instead, focusing on him being in Washington too long, that result may have been entirely different on Tuesday. In the race for governor, a smaller plurality of women favored John Gregg over Mike Pence. Six in ten voters cited the economy as the most important issue in this election.