Disappointment and apathy towards the government caused House Republicans to earn more female votes than Democrats in the recent mid-term elections, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to exit polls, House Democrats won 48 percent of the female vote, down from 55 percent four years ago, while Republicans earned 49 percent in one of the best showings for the GOP since the 1980s.
Democratic voter surveys indicate that married women, who usually split the vote between the two parties, voted more Republican in this year's mid-term elections. The party also lost some ground with single women, which has historically been a loyal group for the Democrats.
According to a poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, half of white, unmarried women voted Republican in the elections, which was up from 39 percent over the last two election periods.
"I think women just did not see an economic narrative that was meaningful to them," pollster Celinda Lake told the news provider. "It really has to speak to the kitchen table. It can't just speak to banks and Wall Street."