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Education a Major Factor in Women’s Approval of Biden

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Floyd Ciruli

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Since the 2016 presidential election, the powerful effect of education on voting behavior has been a major research topic for public opinion practitioners and political scientists. In a Crossley Center analysis from a recent Marquette University Law national poll, men – both white and non-white – were shown to have a 20-point drop-off in their approval for President Joe Biden depending on their level of college attainment.

A comparison with women shows, while they are 4 percentage points more approving of Biden than men, education is a powerful predicator of their level of approval. For example, among white women, there is a 19 percent fall off depending on the level of education, but among non-white, the decline in support is about half that amount – 11 percentage points. Non-white women are the strongest and most dependable Biden supporters regardless of level of education.

Biden approval-women

As previous analyses showed, the most significant difference in approval compared to men is among non-white respondents. Although approval among non-white females drops 11 points from 73 percent to 62 percent, it is about half the drop among men (69% drop to 49%, or 20 points). The following table compares male and female approval of Biden from the poll.

Biden approval-men and women

See: Democrats Losing Men, But Non-College Men a Disaster