Elections fever is in full swing with ballots due in less than two weeks, and Americans are taking to heart everything each candidate says.
In the third and final presidential debate, Obama and Romney voiced over each others opinions about the topic of the evening: Foreign Policy. Each candidate deliberated what their plans were for Libya, Iran, and Israel while ABC News provided audiences with a cheat sheet to recap all that was said.
Previous to the debate night, Gallup conducted a poll asking men and women which topics would influence their votes the most on Election Day. Unemployment, international issues, healthcare, deficit and debt, and birth control were all under the spotlight as key determinants for the 2012 race.
The poll results indicate that men and women – for the majority of the time – agree on the importance of most issues. But there is a substantial difference in the way that either gender view the relevance of foreign policy when casting their ballot. A difference of 7% shows that women are more concerned about the way that either Obama or Romney would handle international issues, as opposed to other hot topics.
Understandably, women and men also differed significantly on the issue of birth control, where women pegged this topic as important 21% more than men did. And even though foreign policy was high on women’s list, their main priority still lay with unemployment, only 2% below what men voted.
How will these issues shape your opinion of either candidate on Election Day? Stay tuned for more coverage on these topics and more on ChartChannel/Elections 2012.