Wow, this new USA Today/Gallup poll is really pretty shocking. For some reason that nobody could possibly understand, Mitt Romney is suddenly way behind Barack Obama in swing states. And the really weird thing is that it's due to a lack of support among women!
What's up with that?
In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.
The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney's support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.
Oh, here's a weird random probably-totally-wrong thought: What if Romney's lack of support among women has something to do with his capitulation to the right on issues concerning birth control and his promise to close Planned Parenthood…
Republicans' traditional strength among men "won't be good enough if we're losing women by nine points or 10 points," says Sara Taylor Fagen, a Republican strategist and former political adviser to President George W. Bush. "The focus on contraception has not been a good one for us… and Republicans have unfairly taken on water on this issue."
If by "unfairly," he means "due to a cynical calculated campaign to appeal to the most oppressively misogynistic demographics of the conservative base," then yes, I totally agree. Totally unfair!
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Tags: Barack Obama, Men and Women, Mitt Romney, Polls, Women's Rights