Female Vote: Update

I emailed Anthony Wells who runs the excellent UK Polling Report which is going to get a lot of traffic come the General Election. He explained that a partial reason for women being more likely than men to vote Conservative is that old people tend to be more likely to be Tory and as men die younger, old women vote Tory when old men are dead.

Anthony didn’t claim it was a complete solution though. I assumed that given a group of people of the same age with the same background in the same social group then voting intention distribution wouldn’t depend on gender. Does it? I’d be fascinated if anyone could shed any more light on the subject.