After months of being told in various ways that the party considers them to be sub-human, women oddly seem to be shying away from Republican candidates. According to a new Gallup poll, President Obama is currently leading Mitt Romney by a full eighteen points among women in swing states, giving him a nine-point lead on Romney overall. Just a month ago, the same polls showed Obama tailing him by two points.
Pollsters confirm that the huge shift is due almost entirely to female voters:
The biggest change came from women under fifty. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in ten do while Romney's support among them has dropped by fourteen points, to 30%. The president leads him two-to-one in this group.
Given Romney's recent endorsement of the Blunt amendment as well as his assertion that if elected he'd shut down Planned Parenthood entirely, it's not exactly shocking that young women aren't dying to see him take office. Even Republican strategist Sara Taylor Fagen said, "The focus on contraception has not been a good one for us… and Republicans have unfairly taken on water on this issue."
Of course, Romney strategists point out that the "war on women" perception isn't his fault, and that margins will narrow as the election nears, which is undoubtedly true. Still, will it really be that easy to win back a constituency that's still undergoing a series of prolonged and highly personal attacks?
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