Stan Greenberg, Celinda Lake, and Anna Greenberg (l.
to r.) were Tuesday's guests with David T. Cook, reporter
with the Christian Science Monitor.
Here are excerpts
from their comments about new research on the 22 million
unmarried women who did not vote in 2000:
nature of unmarried women voters:
(Lake) "This is the largest group of nonvoting people out
there.... They are 3-1/2 times the [number] of NASCAR dads
and double the [number] of soccer moms, which is a huge
proportion of the electorate."
On the rise of single people -
males as well as females:
(Stan Greenberg) "We have also watched a shift from
married to unmarried in the population as a whole, with
unmarried being now the majority in the country."
primary concerns of unmarried women:
(Anna Greenberg) "They are on their own economically, and
they are stressed about it. If they are younger, they are
more worried about education - both for their kids and
themselves. If they are older, they are worried about their
healthcare [and] retirement."
challenges of attracting unmarried women to the polls:
(Anna Greenberg) "The harder part to deal with is their
cynicism about politics. They don't think politicians ever
talk to them about anything they care about."
unmarried women are a natural voting bloc for democrats:
(Lake) "They would vote for whatever politicians spoke to
them. Their inclination right now is more to stay out of
politics and be independent. Whoever reaches out to them has
a real opportunity to speak to them."