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Gender Gap in Political Knowledge Persists In 2004

Men are more likely than women to know the issue positions of the presidential candidates, from their stands on taxes and assault weapons to Medicare, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

Polling conducted between September 3 and 12 among 1,845 adults showed that on an eight-item political knowledge test, men averaged 4.2 correct answers. Women on average answered 3.6 items correctly on an eight-item political knowledge test – an average difference per question of 7.5 percent.