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Final Iowa Exit Poll, 2008
Obama: 54%
McCain: 45%
Gender Gap: 5 pts.
Women's Vote: +12% Obama

Iowa State Polls 2012
In the selection of recent public opinion polls below showing presidential preferences in the state of Iowa, we have highlighted findings on gender.*

Recent attention to the gender gap in presidential vote choice frequently reflects confusion between what is traditionally known as the gender gap in voting between men and women voters and a commonly reported difference in support for each major party candidate among women voters. The data below includes both measures.

The Gender Gap: The difference between the percentages of women and men who support a given candidate, generally the leading or winning candidate. Even if women and men favor the same candidate, they may do so by different margins, resulting in a gender gap. We calculate the gender gap for each poll based on the votes of women and men who support the candidate leading in that poll.
   Example: [%Women for Leading Candidate][%Men for Leading Candidate] = Gender Gap

The Women's Vote: The percentage point advantage that one candidate has over the other among women voters – that is, the difference in support for the major party candidates among women voters only.
   Example: [%Women for Obama][%Women for Romney] = Women's Vote

* Polls are based on samples of either registered or likely voters. Follow the link to each poll for additional details on methodology.


State Poll Date in Field Overall Vote Gender Gap
Women's Vote
Women
for
Romney
Men
for
Romney
Women
for
Obama
Men
for
Obama
IA NBC News/WSJ/Marist 10/28-10-29 Obama  50%
Romney 44%
12 pts. +16% Obama 40% 48% 56% 44%
IA University of Iowa 10/18-10/27 Obama  44%
Romney 45%
2 pts. +2% Obama 44% 46% 46% 43%
IA Public Policy Polling/Health Care for America 10/29-10/30 Obama  50%
Romney 45%
9 pts. +12% Obama 43% 48% 55% 46%
IA Public Policy Polling/Health Care for America 10/23-10-24 Obama  49%
Romney 47%
0 pts. +2% Obama 47% 48% 49% 49%
IA Public Policy Polling 10/17-10/19 Obama  48%
Romney 49%
1 pts. +1% Obama 48% 49% 49% 47%
IA NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll 10/15-10/17 Obama  51%
Romney 43%
12 pts. +18% Obama 39% 48% 57% 45%
IA ARG 10/11-10/14 Obama  48%
Romney 48%
13-15 pts. +13% Obama 41% 56% 54% 41%
IA Public Policy Polling 9/24-9/26 Obama  51%
Romney 44%
4 pts. +9% Obama 44% 44% 53% 49%
IA ARG 9/20-9/23 Obama  51%
Romney 44%
11 pts. +17% Obama 39% 51% 56% 45%
IA NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll 9/16-9/18 Obama  50%
Romney 42%
10 pts. +18% Obama 37% 47% 55% 45%

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