By Paul Pannone
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday showed President Barack Obama holds a 54 percent-34 percent lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among non-married voters, while the GOP nominee leads the president 51 percent-38 percent among married voters.
“Although much has been made about the gender gap and how President Barack Obama’s lead among women fuels his campaign, the marriage gap is actually larger and more telling,” said Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown.
“The marriage gap may be related to the different priorities and economic situations of married and single people,” he said.
“Married people are more likely to be older, more financially secure and more socially conservative than unmarried voters,” he said. “Married voters are more likely to focus on the economy and healthcare, while single voters are more focused on issues such as gay rights and reproductive issues.”
From July 1 – 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,722 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
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