The gender breakdowns in responses to two recent survey questions:
Men 37% 62%
Women 20% 80%
Men 51% 46%
Women 36% 63%
The gender gaps are about equal to, or maybe somewhat bigger than, those found in the latest surveys of voting intentions in the Trump-Clinton race. So what were these questions?
1. Do you think the penny should be eliminated, or not?
2. Do you think the penny is a useful coin, or should the government do away with it? ["do away with"="yes" in the table above.]
I'm not surprised that men gave more support to abolishing the penny--if I'd been asked before, looking at the results, I think I would have given odds of 3:1 or 4:1 that the difference would be in that direction--but why would the gap be so large?
[Data from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research]