A recent Washington Post poll suggests that the gender gap will prove key in the Virginia Senate election this year, with 49 percent of women favoring Democratic candidate Charles Robb and 37 percent favoring Republican George Allen. Among men, 42 percent favored Robb and 56 percent favored Allen. Many of the women polled stated that they want to hear more from both candidates on issues they consider important to their choice: pay equity, day care, hate crimes, and domestic abuse. On the issues, women ranked social security, health care, abortion, and gun control high on their priorities list. The wide gender gap on gun control could help Robb, with 57 percent of women favoring gun control laws.