Gender at the Nevada Caucus

Betsy Fischer Martin | Feb 24, 2020


Nevada belonged to Bernie Sanders who won the caucuses by an overwhelming margin even though the results are not yet final.

Because of the scale of Sanders’ victory, the caucus entrance polls show him winning almost every large demographic: including men, women, whites, latinos, voters under age 65, and liberal voters.

In terms of turnout, women, once again made up a majority of Democratic caucus voters – totaling 53% of the electorate compared to 47% for men.

2020 Dem Nevada Caucus Turnout

Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Not surprisingly due to his overall vote total, Bernie Sanders captured almost one-third (30%) of female caucus support. The next highest level of support among women was Joe Biden at 17% followed by Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren both at 15%.  Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer were at the bottom with 11% and 10% respectively.

Women Support

Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

And what about the gender gap – how did women differ from men in who they supported?

Once again, just like in Iowa and New Hampshire, we see the highest gender gap among the Sanders vote.  In Nevada, men were more likely than women to support Sanders (an 8 point gap) and Buttigieg (a 1 point gap) and on the flip side, women were more likely than men to support Klobuchar (a 1 point gap), Steyer (a 3 point gap) and Warren (a 5 point gap).

Source: 2/22/20 Nevada Caucus Entrance Poll/Edison Research/National Election Pool


Note: The Nevada Republican Party did not hold a presidential preference contest.

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