Politics 5 February 2014 How women have deserted the Tories at the polls The party once attracted far more female than male support but since 2005 the reverse has been true. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML David Cameron may have insisted that his party does not have a "problem with women" at today's PMQs (as he stood in front of an entirely male frontbench) but the polls tell a different story. The latest YouGov survey gives Labour a three-point lead among men (36-33) but a nine-point lead among women (42-33). The female vote was once one of the Tories' greatest electoral assets, with the party consistently attracting more support from women than men, but since 2005 the reverse has been true. In 1992, the female-male gender gap [% Female Con Vote - % Female Lab Vote] minus [% Male Con Vote -% Male Lab Vote] stood at six points in the Tories' favour but it fell to two points in 1997, to one point in 2001 and to minus six in 2005 (among men, the Tories and Labour were tied on 34 per cent). At the last election, the gender gap stood at minus five and, as I've noted, it currently stands at minus six. Here are the numbers in full. How men and women voted 1979 Men Conservative 43 Labour 40 Women Conservative 47 Labour 35 Female-male gender gap: +9 1983 Men Conservative 42 Labour 30 Women Conservative 46 Labour 26 Female-male gender gap: +8 1987 Men Conservative 43 Labour 32 Women Conservative 43 Labour 32 Female-male gender gap: 0 1992 Men Conservative 41 Labour 37 Women Conservative 44 Labour 34 Female-male gender gap: +6 1997 Men Conservative 31 Labour 45 Women Conservative 32 Labour 44 Female-male gender gap: +2 2001 Men Conservative 32 Labour 42 Women Conservative 33 Labour 42 Female-male gender gap: +1 2005 Men Conservative 34 Labour 34 Women Conservative 32 Labour 38 Female-male gender gap: -6 2010 Men Conservative 38 Labour 28 Women Conservative 36 Labour 31 Female-male gender gap: -5 › Leader: Why is Labour silent on education's Berlin Wall? David Cameron walks along Downing Street on February 4, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Will Storm Doris affect turnout in the Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland by-elections? What does it mean for Ukip if it loses in Stoke-on-Trent Central? What does François Bayrou's endorsement of Emmanuel Macron mean for the French presidential race?