09/15/2014 08:37 am ET Updated Nov 15, 2014

Is the Gender Gap Really About Race?

As the 2014 midterm election approaches the gender gap -- or in less polite terms, the Republican war on women -- will likely draw a fair amount of media attention.

It's a good Democratic talking point and fits in well with how many view politics in the U.S. today. The gender gap is generally viewed as being a product of both Republican policies and positions on issues such as reproductive rights and, in recent years, contraception, but also on economic questions as well. Women tend to be more concerned with issues like equality of income opportunity and believe that the government should play a more active role in addressing these issues. These opinions, not surprisingly, lead women to be more likely than men to vote Democratic.