July 11, 2016
Morning Consult: New Report Highlights Likely Influence of Women in 2016 Elections
by Eli Yokley
If the past couple elections are a guide, American women will carry significant sway in this fall’s contest, a new report to be released on Monday found.
American Women, a research organization aligned with EMILY’s List, which advocates on behalf of Democratic women, unveiled reports on Monday claiming that women will continue to be the predominant influence in American elections, citing data from the census and state voter files.
Kate Black, the executive director of American Women, said “women voters have the ultimate power at the ballot box” in 2016 to support candidates who are aligned with them, from the presidential race to down-ballot fights for key House and Senate races.
“When we talk about women voters, we should call them what they are: a majority of the people who vote. And it comes as no surprise that women turn out in greater numbers than men,” she said in a statement to Morning Consult. “After all, women are working more hours while still caring for their families, all while only taking home 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man.”
In both 2012 and 2014, women made up more than 53 percent of the vote, according to the reports.
African American women, the report found, make up about 9 percent of the voting population, and carried serious sway in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Asian-American, Latina, and young women were also a decisive factor in Florida.