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September 03, 2013 2:45 PM Venus and Mars

By Ed Kilgore

There’s a new Pew survey out on Syria policy, with the headline being that pluralities of Americans across all sorts of political and demographic lines currently oppose military strikes.

But the largest gap Pew found was not between Ds and Rs, or young and old, or educated and non-educated, but between men and women:

Men are twice as likely as women to favor U.S. military airstrikes against Syria. Among men, nearly as many favor (39%) as oppose (46%) the proposed military action. Among women, just 19% support airstrikes, while 49% are opposed. Women are more uncertain about what to do at this point - 31% offer no opinion compared with just 15% of men.

I’d say that in this case the uncertainty of women is as strong a sign of superior wisdom as anything else.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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