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Skimm the Vote 2024: What Female Voters Are Thinking One Year Out

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December 4, 2023

Women comprise a powerful voting bloc. Not only were 70% registered to vote as of November 2022 (compared to 68.2% of men), but women also control an estimated 70-80% of consumer spending. And after years of being perceived as voting with their husbands, women are finally being seen as crucial swing voters who may actually influence their husband’s votes. Now, politicians and political strategists are spending money and airtime trying to understand and win their votes. 

That’s great, because when it comes to our current policies and politics, women have a lot of notes. 

Ahead of each major election, as part of our ongoing Skimm the Vote campaign, theSkimm surveys our readers — who belong to that powerful demographic — to gauge which issues are most important to them and how they are feeling about the election in general. 

This year’s survey, conducted almost exactly a year before Election Day 2024, revealed some things we expected: People are nervous about a Biden-Trump rematch. Overall, Democrats (61% of respondents) and Republicans (14% of respondents) have opposing policy priorities. But they align on a few key issues. The responses also suggest that continuing to shelve legislation that supports mothers is… not a recipe for future political success. Let’s dive in. 

Democrats Are Anxious. Almost No One Is Hopeful

The majority of Skimm readers are not feeling great heading into election season. Sixty-one percent told us they’re anxious, 18% said they feel let down, and 8% are turned off. That’s not a huge change from our last survey, where 64% of Skimm readers reported feeling anxious about the 2022 midterm elections. Overall, only 5% of Skimm readers said they felt hopeful.

Most Skimm'rs feel anxious ahead of the 2024 election.

So why do women feel so bad about 2024?

One bright — or at least less dark — spot: 65% told us they think the country’s headed in the wrong direction, compared to 85% ahead of the 2022 midterms. (A win is a win.) 

Most Skimm'rs think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

But Skimm readers also told us who they felt weren’t winning: women.

Skimm Readers Don’t Think Their Representatives Support Women

Eighty-three percent of Skimm readers told us they don’t believe lawmakers are making decisions or enacting policies that support women. Eighty-three percent. And this sentiment is shared across party lines: The majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents agreed that lawmakers aren’t supporting women.

Most respondents think lawmakers aren't making decisions and enacting policies that support women.

This data echoes the results of the State of Women study theSkimm published in March 2023 in partnership with The Harris Poll. Of the 4,500 women surveyed, 65% agreed, “new laws being passed don’t advance women’s rights.” The new poll data also reflects the lingering impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs ruling, which dissolved the federal right to abortion, and of subsequent attempts to restrict abortion at the state level. 

Here's what some of our survey respondents had to say about why they don’t feel supported by their elected representatives: 

“They are not supporting women's rights over their own bodies, they are not working toward equal pay, they are not helping enough with day care and mental health issues.” - Julie DeStefanis, independent, Florida.

“Lawmakers are not supporting maternal health, body autonomy or investing enough in access to childcare.” - Lauren Jenkins, Democrat, New York.

Female Voters Are Divided By Party on Which Issues Matter Most

Republican and Democrat priorities diverged widely, most of all on the economy and the job market, which 40% of Republicans told us they’re most worried about, versus only 8% of Democrats. Only 3% of Republicans marked climate change as their top issue, compared to 15% of Democrats. 17% of Democrats marked gun laws as their top issue, while only 8% of Republicans did.

Reproductive rights is the most important issue for Skimm'rs in the 2024 election.

…but Republicans Are Also Worried About Reproductive Rights

When we polled Skimm readers a month before the 2022 midterm elections, they told us that reproductive rights were their top issue. One year later, they felt the same way. Twenty-seven percent said reproductive rights were their top priority, and that was not exclusive to one party.

While the majority of survey respondents were Democrats, and Democrats ranked the issue far more important than Republicans, 12% of Republican respondents said reproductive rights are the most important issue for them – many ranking it as important as foreign policy.

Skimm'rs want President Joe Biden to be reelected in the 2024 election.

Over 30% of Skimm Readers Think Trump Will Win Again

Sixty-four percent of Democrats want Biden to win, and the same percentage think he will. However, 26% of Dems think Trump will win, again. 

Among Republicans, 48% think Trump will win re-election, but only 21% want him to. 

Overall, 57% think that Biden is likely to keep the Oval Office.

Most Skimm'rs think President Joe Biden will be reelected in the 2024 election.

Democrats and Republicans Support a Presidential Age Limit 

The former and current presidents are two of the oldest men to ever hold the office. Skimm readers said it’s time to pass the torch. The U.S. Constitution sets a minimum age of 35 to run for president in the US, but 67% of Skimm readers told us there should be a maximum age, too.


Although the majority of Skimm readers are fed up with the lack of policies that benefit women and feel pretty anxious ahead of the 2024 presidential election, 90% told us they still plan to show up at the polls. That’s consistent with US Census data showing that in 2020, 68.4% of registered female voters voted, compared to 65% of male registered voters. Now, it’s up to the candidate who wants those votes to listen.

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