According to the most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll, women’s votes are crucial to the re-election of President Clinton. While men are evenly divided at 45 percent for Clinton and 45 percent for Sen. Bob Dole in a two-way race, 52 percent of women favor Clinton and only 34 percent favor Dole. Women also favor Democrats by a 16-point margin when asked how they would vote in Congressional elections if they were held today. Men favored Republicans by a 10-point margin. The gender gap even influences women who describe themselves as independent: 49 percent said they would vote Democratic in 1996 House races, while only 31 percent of independent men agreed. The survey, conducted March 31 to April 2, polled 1,257 adults and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.