Democratic pollsters Stan Greenberg, Celinda Lake, and Anna Greenberg (l. to r.) were Tuesday's guests. Here are excerpts from their comments about new research on the 22 million unmarried women who did not vote in 2000:
(Lake) "This is the largest group of nonvoting people out there.... They are 3-1/2 times the [number] of NASCAR dads and double the [number] of soccer moms, which is a huge proportion of the electorate."
(Stan Greenberg) "We have also watched a shift from married to unmarried in the population as a whole, with unmarried being now the majority in the country."
On the primary concerns of unmarried women:
(Anna Greenberg) "They are on their own economically, and they are stressed about it. If they are younger, they are more worried about education - both for their kids and themselves. If they are older, they are worried about their healthcare [and] retirement."
(Anna Greenberg) "The harder part to deal with is their cynicism about politics. They don't think politicians ever talk to them about anything they care about."
(Lake) "They would vote for whatever politicians spoke to them. Their inclination right now is more to stay out of politics and be independent. Whoever reaches out to them has a real opportunity to speak to them."