One of the things that has popped up since Julia Gillard became PM is the large gender split that is happening across all issues. If we look closer at the Nielsen vote estimates, and take a squiz at the gender cross-tabs, it starts to tell the story.

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The Coalition is much stronger with males while the ALP is much stronger with females -- a complete reversal of the 2007 election result (that you can see in the sidebar). Not only is the strong gender split evident with the vote estimates, but also across the full spectrum of  approval ratings and the questions on "Better Party to Manage". With the approval ratings, we’ll do the top line results first with partisan cross-tabs, then the gender and capital/non capital city breakdowns.

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