2018 Midterms: Women Continued to Turn Out at Higher Rates than Men

2018 Midterms: Women Continued to Turn Out at Higher Rates than Men

A recent Pew Research Study confirms that women continue to vote at higher rates than their male counterparts in midterm elections—reinforcing a pattern that first began in 1998. The cumulative gender gap in 2018 was 3.2%

Turnout in 2018 was up in all age groups compared to the 2014 midterms, with the greatest increase among young voters (from 17.1% to 32.4%.). And among voters under age 25, the gender gap grew from 2.2% to 5.8%. This differs from the gender gap among senior voters, where men were turning out at higher rates than women. However, the senior voter gender gap did decrease from 2014 to 2018 (from 4.7% to 3.2%). It is also important to remember that the life expectancy of women exceeds men by more than six years and so there are lots more women senior voters. 

Midterm Turnout

 

Ages 18-24

Ages 25-34

Ages 35-44

Ages 45-54

Ages 55-64

Ages 65+

Women 2014

18.2%

29.8%

39.5%

46.3%

54.8%

57.3%

Women 2018

35.3%

44.2%

53.6%

58.4%

63%

64.7%

Increase

17.1%

14.4%

14.1%

12.1%

8.2%

7.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men 2014

16%

25.2% 

36.1%

44.2%

53%

62%

Men 2018

29.5%

40%

48.2%

55.4%

60.4%

67.9%

Increase

13.5%

14.8%

12.1%

11.2%

7.4%

5.9%

2018 Gender Gap

Ages 18-24

Ages 25-34

Ages 35-44

Ages 45-54

Ages 55-64

Ages 65+

Female % > 5.8% 4.2% 5.4% 3.0% 2.6% -3.2%

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