Polls Apart

Republican optimists murmured two autumns ago that Dan Quayle's presence on the G.O.P. ticket might attract votes from women beguiled by his good looks. Wrong. The presumed sex bomb proved to be a dud on Election Day, according to NBC's exit poll. Now women give Quayle even less support than men do. A recent TIME survey found that only 20% of American women (vs. 30% of men) view Quayle as qualified to assume power if something happened to George Bush. The contrast is one of many demonstrating that a gender gap still yawns in U.S. politics.

Some analysts thought that the...

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