Part of that is party-driven; women also are eight points more apt than men to identify themselves as Democrats, a long-standing gender gap in political allegiance.
A final point worth nothing: This is the first ABC News poll in this election in which support for Ralph Nader has slipped under 0.5 percent. Respondents are asked whether they support Bush, Kerry or Nader in the states where Nader is on or may still win a place on the ballot; Nader's name is not asked in the states where he's been ruled off the ballot and is not appealing.
This poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 5-7 among a random national sample of 1,802 adults, including 1,513 registered voters and 1,171 likely voters. The results have a three-point error margin for the likely voter sample. ABC News and The Washington Post are sharing data collection for this tracking poll, then independently applying their own models to arrive at likely voter estimates. Sampling, data collection and tabulation were done by TNS of Horsham, Pa.