GOP survey confirms Republicans have a real problem with women

posted at 2:41 pm on August 28, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Republicans have known they have a problem with women voters for decades, but the problem has become especially pronounced in recent cycles. The gender gap among women voters favoring Democrats has only grown wider in the Obama-era. But the first step to crafting a prescription aimed at addressing a problem is to identify it accurately and with clinical precision. To that end, Republican groups commissioned a GOP poll of registered women voters. Their findings were not pretty.

Politico was provided with a copy of the survey’s results, some of which were unsurprising but others were. While it is no great shock that the GOP performs “especially poorly” appealing to women in the Northeast, it is surprising and problematic for the party that they get the same reception from women in the Midwest.

Moreover, the report found that even the GOP’s areas of traditional strength, like financial issues, are met with a cold reception by women due to their opposition to the Republican Party on other issues.

Even on fiscal matters — traditionally the party’s strongest issue set — Republicans hold only slight advantages that do not come close to outweighing their negative attributes. The GOP holds a 3 percent advantage over Democrats when female voters are asked who has “good ideas to grow the economy and create jobs,” and the same advantage on who is “fiscally responsible and can be trusted with our tax dollars.”

When female voters are asked who “wants to make health care more affordable,” Democrats have a 39 percent advantage, and a 40 percent advantage on who “looks out for the interests of women.” Democrats have a 39 percent advantage when it comes to who “is tolerant of other people’s lifestyles.”

Female voters who care about the top four issues — the economy, health care, education and jobs — vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Most striking, Democrats hold a 35-point advantage with female voters who care about jobs and a 26 percent advantage when asked which party is willing to compromise. House Republicans say jobs and the economy are their top priorities.

The solutions the report offered to GOP candidates to overcome their problems with women were… uninspiring:

The solutions offered include neutralizing Democratic attacks that the GOP doesn’t support “fairness” for women; “deal honestly with any disagreement on abortion, then move to other issues”; and “pursue policy innovations that inspire women voters to give the GOP a ‘fresh look.’”

The GOP does perform better with married women than they do single women – the poll found that married women back a GOP candidate over a Democrat by 10 points – but this is not enough to close the gender gap. In 2012, women made up 53 percent of the presidential electorate. Barack Obama won that demographic by 55 to 44 percent, despite losing married women (who made up 31 percent of the electorate) by 53 to 46 percent.

Playing off this poll, Meet the Press’s new host Chuck Todd showed he is prepared to ask the tough questions and “demystify” Washington:

“When it comes to women voters, do the arguments about contraception end up putting the party on mute with those same women voters who may like your economic proposals, but say, ‘There’s just too many crazy white guys who have too many crazy ideas about my reproductive system’?” he asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

There isn’t anything mysterious about a clumsily framed Democratic campaign premise disguised as a question. Moreover, Chuck Todd has entirely missed the point of this poll. It is not that the GOP is seen by female voters as a party of men consumed with limiting access to contraception coverage. It is that the party is seen, wrongly in my view, as one which is intolerant of others’ lifestyles and rigid in its beliefs.

But more than providing fodder to buttress road-worn Democratic talking points, this report does have some lessons to teach Republicans. While Barack Obama’s coalition of minority voters is unlikely to also be Hillary Clinton’s coalition of minority voters, the current level of Democratic support among women is unlikely to change in 2016. If anything, the Democratic advantage among women may become more pronounced.

The GOP is smart to begin to address this disparity. A libertarian streak rising in the GOP may address the perception among women that the party is a monolith which is generally intolerant. Only time will tell, but time is running out.


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Mayeb if all the “men” in the GOP establishment
were to don Vejajay masks, seeing as they act like P*ssies, that would help??

ToddPA on August 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The ONLY possible conclusion is that everything that misogynists think about women is true.

clippermiami on August 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I’m curious about the GOP Survey that told them they’re former Conservative base is ditching the party in droves. Wonder when we’ll see that survey reported?

I guess we see the results of that when we read articles of how much lower donations are this year than in previous election years.

Meople on August 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

When female voters are asked who “wants to make health care more affordable,” Democrats have a 39 percent advantage, and a 40 percent advantage on who “looks out for the interests of women.”

*facepalm*

ObamaCare: making your health care afforable by raising your premiums and your out-of-pocket contributions.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

So, the gop did a survey and it confirmed the democrat “war on women” idiocy and then they gave the results to dnc newsletter Politico to report? Right.

Ellis on August 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Wow, it’s almost like women are single issue voters obsessed with sex & abortion or something.

tetriskid on August 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The GOP does perform better with married women than they do single women – the poll found that married women back a GOP candidate over a Democrat by 10 points – but this is not enough to close the gender gap.

The Julias of America.

Not beholden to a man, but always beholden to the government.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

There’s just too many crazy white guys who have too many crazy ideas about my reproductive system’?” he asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

I’m getting a little tired of the ‘white guys’ tag being used whenever the left, even some on the right, want to discuss the GOP or conservatives. It’s racist, I don’t care what race or ethnic group the person doing belongs to, and it’s erroneous since the GOP does have members who are women as well as other minorities and a myriad of ethnic groups are represented. It’s not the fault of the RNC or the GOP if the electorate doesn’t choose to elect more women or minorities. Further, they don’t mention race in such obviously disparaging terms when referencing any other group of people. The only thing missing from the usual tag here was ‘old’ being added to the ‘white guys’ label.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The Julias of America.

Not beholden to a man, but always beholden to the government.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

That is, single women supporting Dems.

I should’ve made that more clear.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I’m a Republican-leaning libertarian. My main beef with GOP, which I always support during elections, is their emphasis on social issues. It’s not that I cannot appreciate their honesty and principles. It’s that I think GOP is wrong on issues like abortion and gay marriage, and their sincerity is irrelevant.

It’s only in the heads of HotAir pundits that GOP is strong on fiscal issues. It isn’t. Look at budgets that Pau Ryan and others put forth. Is it anywhere close to being acceptable? It’s barely distinguishable from Democratic proposals.

Here’s the thing: everyone knows that no serious GOP politician could be as close to the Democrats on abortion as most of GOP is on fiscal matters. This shows GOP’s priorities. Again, I get it: you think abortion is murder, and a budget is, well, just a budget. I know this is what you think. You are wrong. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Women are less anti-gay, and they are more pro-choice. I’m not surprised they lean Democrat..

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

tetriskid on August 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Yep. But you can’t blame the Democrats for going after an easy target. Today’s women have much different moral standards than women in the past. Women will only continue to get more socially liberal.

Neon Indian on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The GOP does perform better with married women than they do single women – the poll found that married women back a GOP candidate over a Democrat by 10 points…

This is a gap that can’t be closed without becoming the other party willing to be a single woman’s sugar daddy. Too many single women are idiots because they have been taught to be idiots. They strive to be the mythical single woman (forget her name) from Obama’s last campaign that lived off the government teat from birth to death. There is no logical way to include such a mentality within a conservative movement. It can only be fought against.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The question seems to be ‘can liberty survive women?’

Ricard on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Feelings, nothing more than feelings…

Aplombed on August 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Repeal the 19th Amendment?

Missilengr on August 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Considering that the GOP’s reputation with conservatives — supposedly the GOP base — has been deteriorating, why should the GOP be looked upon more favorably by women?

Aitch748 on August 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

My main beef with GOP, which I always support during elections, is their emphasis on social issues.

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Liberty IS a social issue…

Ricard on August 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

You’re always free to take your vote over to the ‘enlightened’ left.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Yep. But you can’t blame the Democrats for going after an easy target. Today’s women have much different moral standards than women in the past. Women will only continue to get more socially liberal.

Neon Indian on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I don’t blame Democrats. It’s a winning strategy. It just doesn’t make women look very bright. They don’t vote as group based on fiscal or foreign affairs.

tetriskid on August 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

So in essence, this boils down to single women needing government as a sugar daddy.

If Republicans cater to such, they lose me.

MNHawk on August 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Correction,……GOP has a problem with Lib/Dem Progressive woman!!

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The GOP has a problem with women voters. The GOP has a problem with black voters, hispanics and other minorities.

Who is left? White men (and mostly older ones).

The GOP is the party of old white men. This is why I can’t see them winning another Presidential election unless they can appeal to more people.

cat_owner on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

You’re always free to take your vote over to the ‘enlightened’ left.

When there’s finally no day light between the GOP and the Democrats on economy, I will. Right now there is ObamaCare and other things like SCOTUS that make me vote Republican.

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

So, the gop did a survey and it confirmed the democrat “war on women” idiocy and then they gave the results to dnc newsletter Politico to report? Right.

Ellis on August 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hey, they also distributed the talking points to Noah Rothman to tag along a ‘me too’ at the second most widely read conservative news website.

sauldalinsky on August 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Not just liberal women. Swing voters too.

It’s crazy though to think dims are better on economic and health care issues though.

cat_owner on August 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Just stupid women. Why are there so many of them?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I showed this article to my girlfriend and she replied, “That’s because women are stupid honey”. I’m not kidding!!

HotAirian on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The GOP does perform better with married women than they do single women – the poll found that married women back a GOP candidate over a Democrat by 10 points – but this is not enough to close the gender gap. In 2012, women made up 53 percent of the presidential electorate. Barack Obama won that demographic by 55 to 44 percent, despite losing married women (who made up 31 percent of the electorate) by 53 to 46 percent.

Is this new news? It’s been known for a while that single women favor Dems over the GOP and vice versa with married women. It’s pretty simple why. Single women are far more receptive to the message of the Democrat Party which is all about big government.

When you don’t have a significant other in your life(especially if you’ve got children), you’re not gonna be inclined to vote for the politician who wants to limit the size and scope of government and reduce the welfare state. If on the other hand you are married, you tend to be more conservative and you’re not as eager to have the government playing the role of the man in your life. Quite the opposite in fact.

Now the obvious dilemma is how do you appeal to both groups. It’s tough when there are so many stupid voters out there who actually believed that Mitt Romney wanted to take away their birth control in 2012. I would start by emphasizing jobs, the economy, cost of living. Basically pocketbook issues. You would think after enough election cycles, at least some single women would start to reevaluate their political leanings, but don’t stop reminding them of the damage Obama has done over the last 6 years. Single women have not fared too well under his economic agenda.

Doughboy on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Yep. But you can’t blame the Democrats for going after an easy target. Today’s women have much different moral standards than women in the past. Women will only continue to get more socially liberal.

Neon Indian on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

If our politics and policy are to be decided by the low hangers , it’s not hard to figure out who is going to be the easy target in the future.

rik on August 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

You’ll note that married women vote Republican.

Single women love big government. They want Uncle Sugar to take care of them… while they prance around telling everyone what a feminist they are and demanding taxpayers pay for their contraceptives.

Why work hard to be independent. Why bother marrying another individual and putting in the effort to make that marriage work when they can marry Uncle Sugar, instead, and become “Julia”. ( Remember the creepy “The Life of Julia” compliments of Obama’s inner circle?)

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

The GOP has a problem with women voters. The GOP has a problem with black voters, hispanics and other minorities.

Who is left? White men (and mostly older ones).

The GOP is the party of old white men. This is why I can’t see them winning another Presidential election unless they can appeal to more people.

cat_owner on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

So what’s to make it more appealing to those groups? Offering even more free stuff?

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

The married vs single woman disparity makes sense.
Nobody wants to marry psychotic leftists, leaving them to be perpetually single and emotionally undesirable (for which they blame men).

Plus it fits my general observation that married women tend to be decent, nice people, and single women are mostly a pain in the ***.

Smegley on August 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Rand Paul seems to be one of the very few Rs who even acknowledges the party needs to do something about appealing to more demographics.

The answer isn’t more government. It’s policies that will help the middle class. No one could articulate conservatism better than Reagan, although Jack Kemp was quite good too.

cat_owner on August 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Just stupid women. Why are there so many of them?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Because they hang out with stupid men. :P

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Based on my own experience, a husband may be the only source of information that young women access that may have a conservative point of view. When they actually hear someone defend the view or at least accurately portray it, they apparently modify their political stance as the voting statistics show. When I started dating my wife she knew nothing of politics, nothing of military or foreign affairs, did not understand why she could not vote in the Buffalo mayoral election once she moved to my suburban community home etc. She had voted Democratic because that is what everyone she knew did. Now she has changed completely. Sadly, my daughter plugs into the campus social community and academic community and assumes Republicans think this or do that because that is what she hears all the time despite the evidence to the contrary in the very home she grew up in. SIGH!

KW64 on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

So what’s to make it more appealing to those groups? Offering even more free stuff?

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Many Rs are just D lite. They aren’t conservative, so they don’t articulate conservative economic policies.

As I just said, Reagan could explain what conservatism meant and people responded.

There are people who will vote D no matter what. But there are lots of swing voters. If the GOP can’t appeal to them, they will never win the Presidency again.

cat_owner on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The question seems to be ‘can liberty survive women?’

Ricard on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

BEST COMMENT EVER.

clippermiami on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Yep, I’m gonna’ go there:

One of the BIG reasons the GOP has a problem with women is the way that it treated … and continues to treat … it’s first female candidate for vice president:

Governor Sarah Palin

Truth.

To the PDSers, notice I said “one” of the reasons, not the only reason.

But it is very much one of the BIG reasons.

hrh40 on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You’ll note that married women vote Republican.

Single women love big government. They want Uncle Sugar to take care of them… while they prance around telling everyone what a feminist they are and demanding taxpayers pay for their contraceptives.

Why work hard to be independent. Why bother marrying another individual and putting in the effort to make that marriage work when they can marry Uncle Sugar, instead, and become “Julia”. ( Remember the creepy “The Life of Julia” compliments of Obama’s inner circle?)

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

That so encapsulates the stupidity and hypocrisy of so-called “feminists” (yeah, I know we already had a discussion about that on another thread today).

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

So it was a secret internal survey with devastating news??? How did Politico get it? Oh…it was leaked. So, in other words, the establishment is releasing talking points for the squishy Republican pundits to wring their hands over.

ReaganWasRight on August 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Bring back the draft and take an equal number of men AND women, if the ladies complain then they should be reminded that everyone needs to pull an equal load in Utopia.

Have fun spending a few weeks living out of a tank at Grafenwohr.

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Wow, it’s almost like women are single issue voters obsessed with sex & abortion or something.

tetriskid on August 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Yup. That is the primary reason my otherwise intelligent female friends vote for Democrats.

Democrats will preserve a woman’s “right” to kill their babies. They honestly think it’s a “woman’s rights” issue.

No word on how the female babies feel about this “right”.

Nevermind that my friends are not “sleeping around,” so they don’t actually intend to use this “right” themselves. They want to preserve the right of other women to kill their babies.

Very sad!

wren on August 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

No one accused women of being smart.

Flame on.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

While it is no great shock that the GOP performs “especially poorly” appealing to women in the Northeast, it is surprising and problematic for the party that they get the same reception from women in the Midwest.

Yet the GOP does somewhat better where women are attractive.

applebutter on August 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Speaking of woman:

Michael Brown fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo.
8m

Hillary Clinton makes first public remarks on Ferguson, Mo., protests during San Francisco speech to tech investors, says, ‘Imagine what we would do if white drivers were 3 times more likely to be searched…’ -@danmerica*NN

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Women are less anti-gay, and they are more pro-choice. I’m not surprised they lean Democrat..

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

You would not be making that statement here in Kentucky. Women here are against abortion and overwhelmingly against gay marriage. I suspect that varies radically State by State, or you may be just making stuff up, either one works.

Johnnyreb on August 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Another way of looking at that poll is that women have a real problem with identifying the reality they’re currently living in, and “strategists” have yet to find a way of failing to make any response beyond adopting the Democrats platform as their own and calling it a persuasive reason to abandon the Dim’s in favor of the Even Dimmers, with any discernible success.

Can’t imagine why that hasn’t panned out for them.

Recon5 on August 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Party affiliation is largely based on income. Identity politics is largely BS. Women/minorities are democrats because they use the most social services and pay the least taxes… comparatively.

aniptofar on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Democrat 1859 : A Negro is sub-human and therefore not entitled to any rights. They are the property of their owners.

Democrat 2014 : An unborn child is not human and therefore not entitled to any rights. They are the property of the mother.

The more things change the more they stay the same.

jephthah on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Looky at the latent misogyny here, surprise, surprise. I don’t see any sarc tags on some of these comments, suggesting that women have good reason to think Republicans (actually rightwing conservatives, who, unfortunately, are the face of the Party thanks to the media) don’t consider their issues important. Or even consider them to be rational people, for that matter.

It’s all about “emotion” and “feelings,” right guys? Seems to me conservatives can get awfully emotional about their guns. And gays. Nothing brings out the irrationality at HA like gay marriage!

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Just stupid women. Why are there so many of them?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

One of my female customers from NYC came up today. Couldn’t care less about Ferguson or ISIS. But today she was particularly torn between sadness and joy. Brad and Angelina VS Joan Rivers. What are you going to do??

rik on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Just stupid women. Why are there so many of them?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Over 57,000,000 abortions since 1973.

Fallon on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

So the poll indicates that large numbers of women believe things that aren’t true.

What this poll really speaks to is the mendacity of the media, and the choices women make about where they get their information. Democrats say they want to make healthcare more affordable and “voila!” women buy it. It’s alway easier to sell indulgence than it is responsibility. Free healthcare is more palatable than an economic explanation about costs being driven by an aging population, poor health choices, technology investment, defensive medicine, etc. So they hear “affordable healthcare” from the harpies on The View and it’s settled.

F–k!

How stupid can these women be if they’re giving the Democrats a 35pt advantage on jobs after the experience of the last 30 years. Holy Cow!

In other polling news: believe everything the Democrats tell them.

SAMinVA on August 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

From a staff editorial in our local paper in Colorado Srings:
http://gazette.com/sen.-mark-udall-and-democrats-get-loose-with-facts/article/1536412

Watchdog.org analyzed salaries paid by the senator and congressman and found Udall pays full-time women 86 cents for every dollar earned by full-time men on his staff. In fiscal year 2013, Udall employed 17 women who earned an average of $58,000, while the 14 men on his staff earned an average of $67,300.

Gardner, by contrast, pays women more than men. His six full-time female employees earn an average of $55,000, while his four male employees earn $46,000.

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

My main beef with GOP, which I always support during elections, is their emphasis on social issues.

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Thanks for posititng that talking point for the 11,986th time….

…so what exactly are those “social issues” that you take offense
to?? because don’t look now, but the Left is restricting or
attempting to restrict you on Health care, Free Speech, food intake, gun ownership, how you run your business (bakery anyone)
and on and on and on…

But those DAMN CONSERVATIVES and their Social issues!!!!

ToddPA on August 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I think we can discount this huge breathtaking new Poll that somehow got leaked straight from Karl Rove to Politico:

The report — “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities” — was the product of eight focus groups across the country and a poll of 800 registered female voters this summer. The large-scale project was a major undertaking for the GOP groups.

Johnnyreb on August 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The GOP has a problem with women voters. The GOP has a problem with black voters, hispanics and other minorities.

The GOP has a problem with women voters because the media tells women the GOP has a problem with women voters.

The GOP has a problem with black voters, hispanics and other minorities because the media tells them the GOP has a problem with them.

In reality all the problems democrat say are the result of the GOP “not caring” have been caused by democrats and their “progressive” policies.

The media tells people all these problems were caused by the GOP and people believe the media.

Democrats, progressives and communists cheer because they know they’re getting away with it.

Who is left? White men (and mostly older ones)

.

The ones that are left are the people who are able to see through the blatant propaganda and who think instead of absorb.

The GOP is the party of old white men. This is why I can’t see them winning another Presidential election unless they can appeal to more people.

cat_owner on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Democrats took 65446032 votes in the 2012 presidential election. Republicans took 60589084. I think you need to rethink your theory.

Also ask yourself why older people tend to value freedom more.

darwin on August 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

While it is no great shock that the GOP performs “especially poorly” appealing to women in the Northeast, it is surprising and problematic for the party that they get the same reception from women in the Midwest.

Yet the GOP does somewhat better where women are attractive.

applebutter on August 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Heh.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Just stupid women. Why are there so many of them?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

How else do you think US Weekly, TMZ, Cosmo, etc. stay in business? Ignorance is bliss.

jephthah on August 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

What’s not to love about Democrats. They give you the high moral ground of VICTIMHOOD.

Of course the Democratic leaders also victimize women, but that’s just because they’re so lovable.

Just ask Dirty Bob Filner, Splash Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy Studs, Chris Dodd………..

GarandFan on August 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Looky at the latent misogyny here, surprise, surprise. I don’t see any sarc tags on some of these comments, suggesting that women have good reason to think Republicans (actually rightwing conservatives, who, unfortunately, are the face of the Party thanks to the media) don’t consider their issues important. Or even consider them to be rational people, for that matter.

It’s all about “emotion” and “feelings,” right guys? Seems to me conservatives can get awfully emotional about their guns. And gays. Nothing brings out the irrationality at HA like gay marriage!

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I’m not surprised. I made some tactful opinions about that earlier this morning. The fur flew.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

PBH on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

So, essentially, you’re a progressive. You just don’t want to pay for the utopia the progressives are selling you. Congratulations. You’re a core progressive. It’s all about you, and everyone else should trample their own principles and vote your way, and pay for it all, too.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Agreed. It’s good that women turned out to keep Waitress Sandwich Woman Killer Ted out of the senate, he might have served 50 years.

Take heart, Meredith/Joana, you’ll always have Bill Clinton to look back upon fondly.

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Just stupid women. Why are there so many of them?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I know what you mean. Sort of just like the stupid guy on the date-rape thread this morning. Stupid is the answer to everything.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

And this is why we need a poll tax.

It keeps the dumb away.

nobar on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Just more proof that most women are stupid. Even my wife says this.

earlgrey on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Looky at the latent misogyny here, surprise, surprise. I don’t see any sarc tags on some of these comments, suggesting that women have good reason to think Republicans (actually rightwing conservatives, who, unfortunately, are the face of the Party thanks to the media) don’t consider their issues important. Or even consider them to be rational people, for that matter.

It’s all about “emotion” and “feelings,” right guys? Seems to me conservatives can get awfully emotional about their guns. And gays. Nothing brings out the irrationality at HA like gay marriage!

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Gloria Steinem, is that you?

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Half of Americans have below average intelligence.

Half of Americans are women.

Coincidence?

faraway on August 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Repeal the 19th Amendment?

Missilengr on August 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Hell Yes! And the 24th and the 26th Also!

thuja on August 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Looky at the latent misogyny here, surprise, surprise. I don’t see any sarc tags on some of these comments, suggesting that women have good reason to think Republicans (actually rightwing conservatives, who, unfortunately, are the face of the Party thanks to the media) don’t consider their issues important. Or even consider them to be rational people, for that matter.

It’s all about “emotion” and “feelings,” right guys? Seems to me conservatives can get awfully emotional about their guns. And gays. Nothing brings out the irrationality at HA like gay marriage!

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I issued a challenge to you on this website recently.
You did not respond. The thread was about Romney, and how
he didn’t think Obama would be this bad. You and others turned
it into a trash every Conservative bashfest, reaming
out every person who supports people like Sarah Palin,

I told you I, and a Daughter of mine both voted for Romney.

I asked you if Sarah Palin were the nominee in 2016,
would you vote for her??

A simple YES or NO will suffice.

ToddPA on August 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

They are not “progressive”, they are regressive. Nothing about them is true, especially what they call themselves, so stop calling them that. All you are doing is reinforcing their lies.

earlgrey on August 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

It’d be nice to see a few more /sarc tags within the comments at the insane asylum known as Jezebel.com. Why don’t you get to work over there first, hon.

IR-MN on August 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

G’s up, hoes down.

I’m telling you, we should never have given them the right to vote. There’s a reason that wasn’t done to begin with.

Women need (and, though many won’t admit it, WANT) to be told what to do. If you’re not telling them what to do, society falls apart.

C’mon baby, let me grab your hair and ram you from behind. That’s right, you like that don’t you. Yeah, that’s right. That’s right. Who’s your daddy?

But I digress..

WhatSlushfund on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Speaking of woman Part Deux:

Michael Brown fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo.
3m

More: Hillary Clinton on Ferguson, Mo.: ‘I applaud’ President Obama for sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, ‘to see that justice is done, to help this community in healing itself’ – @cmarinucci

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

How else do you think US Weekly, TMZ, Cosmo, etc. stay in business? Ignorance is bliss.

jephthah on August 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

This is sadly, true. A 40-50 year old lady sat down next to me while waiting for a train. She remarked how cute my granddaughter’s dimples were. She said my granddaughter reminded her of Jennifer Garner’s daughter. I’m thinking, what? How do you know what that actress’s daughter looks like? Then, I realize how many people read those celebrity gossip rags. Such empty and useless “knowledge”…

Fallon on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I’m a woman and vote “R”.

I think the party needs to communicate to the women of America how all the false promises of big government utopia will harm their families and their standard of living.

Its sounds SO great to think you have a ‘safety net’, and that poor people will be cared for…but government safety net programs will destroy us. Remember, Argentina used to be one of the strongest economies – look at them now. Yikes!

I also think of all the mothers on the phone trying so hard to get doctor appointments or tests or medicine with the coming government-controlled healthcare system – and the terrible system they’ll have to face trying to help their families. They need to understand that Obamacare will increase THEIR costs and decrease THEIR access to doctors and tests.

LilyBart on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Just a suspicion, but I’d guess that on the average, women relate better to motives and methods instead of actual or likely outcomes when looking at social programs. I think that explains a lot about the difference in voting patterns.

DaveK on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

A libertarian streak rising in the GOP may address the perception among women that the party is a monolith which is generally intolerant.

Wait…what? Wouldn’t a libertarian streak demand that women pay for their own birth control, which is one of the things that makes them hate republicans?

xblade on August 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I’m not surprised. I made some tactful opinions about that earlier this morning. The fur flew.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Yep, the one about claiming you never refer to people as delusional immediately after calling someone delusional was especially good.

Say, how tactful was it to claim…as a man…that women owe their ability to “outperform” men in bed in part to feminism?

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Gloria Steinem, is that you?

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I beat my bitches twice on Super Bowl Sunday!

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Gloria Steinem, is that you?

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I beat my b!tches twice on Super Bowl Sunday!

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

earlgrey on August 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

You might want to back off telling other people what to post or what terminology meets your standareds, earlgrey.

Here’s a novel idea. If you don’t like what I post, don’t read it.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

That’s funny. I didn’t see that poll conducted on the women in my house.

Oh, that’s right… I forgot that when the answers don’t fit the rhetoric, then it isn’t accepted.

As for the matter of contraception, I don’t think “F#ck Obama” was meant to go in that category.

Turtle317 on August 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

standareds…standards.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Ya, too bad Republicans can’t be more Pro-wymyn – like the left’s favorite good ole boy Bubba Clinton – very pro-wymyn – as long those wymyn are on their knees with a well placed cigar and a stained dress…..

And yet – as I posted above – the anti-women Republicans (like Cory Gardner) actually pay their female employees more than the pro-wymyn Dems (like Udall)…..
Go figure….

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

A poll, done by Crossroad GPS (Karl Rove’s group) and American Action Network (Norm Coleman), both Establishment Republicans…a poll that supports Republicans becoming more like Progressives in policy….

And this is seen as being credible?

(smh)

lineholder on August 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Say, how tactful was it to claim…as a man…that women owe their ability to “outperform” men in bed in part to feminism?

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Well. I admit. It wasn’t very tactful. But it certainly seemed to kick you in your testosterone overfilled parts.

You’re such a man. Smooch.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Just a suspicion, but I’d guess that on the average, women relate better to motives and methods instead of actual or likely outcomes when looking at social programs. I think that explains a lot about the difference in voting patterns.

DaveK on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Ask any average democrat voter about issues they supposedly care about and you’ll find they’re all clueless.

Ignorance is the cause of the difference in voting patterns.

darwin on August 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Nice of her to prove the point of her opponents.

Ricard on August 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Wait…what? Wouldn’t a libertarian streak demand that women pay for their own birth control, which is one of the things that makes them hate republicans?

xblade on August 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Don’t disrupt the “libertarian moment” narrative.
You’ll make Rand cry.

nobar on August 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Maybe the Reps don’t pander enough. Promise women the moon and the stars and don’t give them s***. It worked for Ike Turner and Charlie Manson and it currently works for the Dems. Why not us?

The Grinch on August 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I think we need to look at these poll results through the prism of Satan and Eve in the book of Genesis.

Ricard on August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The GOP is smart to begin to address this disparity.

Have they actually started addressing it? I see no evidence of that. Rather the very existence of these surveys suggests they are still in the process of accepting it exists at all.

Tlaloc on August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

When you throw your support behind a keep-em-barefoot-and-pregnant neanderthal like Rick Santorum, as the anybody-but-Romney TruCons did last election, can you really be surprised that women view Republicans as anti-woman?

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Um…

LOL

Fallon on August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Well. I admit. It wasn’t very tactful. But it certainly seemed to kick you in your testosterone overfilled parts.

You’re such a man. Smooch.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Is this another one of your tactful lessons, or are you trying to win the intertoobz again?

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Meredith on August 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Hey, you aren’t one of those “moderates” who think women are so incapable of doing anything for themselves that they have to government act as their Sugar Daddy, are you?

lineholder on August 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Well, I guess if women are that gullible, intellectually challenged…etc..

I guess the “fairer sex” is so…yesteryear. Progress.

Browndog on August 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

“No republic in history has ever survived more than 150 years after women were allowed to vote.”

~ Jin Zewu, “Thoughts on Politics”, 2891

DarkCurrent on August 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Repeating myself:

Women voters who care about the top four issues – the economy, health care, education and jobs – vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Most striking, Democrats hold a 35-point advantage with women voters who care about jobs and a 26-percent advantage when asked which party is willing to compromise.

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Quote revised for actual strikeouts by Democrats in the areas women care about:

Women voters who care about the top four issues – the economy, health care, education and jobs – vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Most striking, Democrats hold a 35-point advantage with women voters who care about jobs and a 26-percent advantage when asked which party is willing to compromise.

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Women should really speak up about this nonsense; this poll makes them appear as if they can be easily led and manipulated by liars, people who “try hard,” con artists and codependent bullshit artists who drink heavily and beat their womenfolk.

ExpressoBold on August 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Women start out with an obvious physical handicap. Some have difficulty overcoming this while the wiser of the gender realize there are other sources of power besides physical size. Unfortunately, appealing first to parents and then to government becomes all too easy to abuse. Along come the Democrats and they say, “Candy, little girl? Who’s your Daddy?”. Yeah, women are victimized by Democrats who always project their own behaviors on everyone else.

rhombus on August 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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