The GOP’s Woman Trouble

by Ramesh Ponnuru

At Bloomberg, I criticize the latest attempt by Republican pollsters to get a handle on the gender gap.

Polling turns out to be a business in which generating data that confirm the thuddingly obvious can get you both money and news media attention.

Politico tried hard to make its story on a new poll sound exciting, choosing the headline, “Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ’stuck in past.’” Did we really need an exclusive, though, to find out that women in the Northeast are not especially fond of Republicans? . . .

I go on to make the perhaps provocative argument that people pay too much attention to the gender gap.

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