Poll: College educated white women back Dems by 27 points in battleground districts

Poll: College educated white women back Dems by 27 points in battleground districts

College educated white women favor Democrats by nearly 27 points in 69 midterm battleground House races, while white women without a college degree favor Republicans by 4 points in those races, according to a poll released Monday.

According to the Washington Post/Schar poll of the battleground districts, college-educated white women preferred the Democratic candidate in their districts by an overwhelming 62 percent to 35 percent. In those same districts, white women without a college degree favored the GOP candidate 49 percent to 45 percent. 

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That split is also present among all white voters. The difference is less start for college-educated white voters, but it grows to 9 percent for those without a college degree.

Overall, 55 percent of white college graduates surveyed said they prefer their local Democratic candidate, while 42 percent reported backing their Republican.

White voters without college degrees backed their GOP candidate by 53 percent to 42 percent.

The Post reports that educational divide was also noticed in the 2016 presidential election, but heading into the midterms the gap is wider. 

Generally, the Post/Schar poll showed Democrats at a 4-point advantage in the battleground House districts, 63 of which are currently held by the GOP.

Democrats are hoping to ride a blue wave to the majority in the House in November. They need to take 23 seats from Republicans in order to secure a majority in the lower chamber.