Washington: US President Barack Obama campaign’s heavy focus on women’s issues for the past one year paid off in a big way, resulting him winning the White House race with an 18-point gender gap.
According to CNN’s exit polls, 55 percent of women voted for Obama, while only 44 percent voted for Mitt Romney.
Men, however, preferred Romney by a margin of 52 to 45 percent, and women made up about 54 percent of the electorate.
In total, the gender gap on Tuesday added up to 18 percent, a significantly wider margin than the 12-point gender gap in the 2008 election, the Huffington Post reports.
Women’s strong support in the swing states gave Obama a significant advantage over Romney, despite his losses among men and independents.
While Obama lost by 10 percentage points among independents in Ohio, he won by 12 points among women in the state.
In New Hampshire, women voted for Obama over Romney by a margin of 58 to 42 percent, while men preferred Romney by a narrow four-point gap.
Pennsylvania showed a 16-point gender gap that tipped the scale towards Obama, the report said.
According to the report, Romney seemed to struggle to connect with women as a result of the GOP`s escalating efforts to limit women`s reproductive rights and a series of controversial comments from Republicans about rape, birth control and abortion.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said on Tuesday that women`s health, more than ever, was a decisive issue in the 2012 election.
“This election sends a powerful and unmistakable message to members of Congress and state legislatures all around the country that the American people do not want politicians to meddle in our personal medical decisions,” she said in a statement.