Among the findings in Politico’s latest poll of battleground voters which indicated that Republicans are set to have a good night on November 4 was the counterintuitive finding that the GOP is losing a number of key voting blocs; Republicans are behind with African-Americans, Hispanics, all voters under the 65 or older demo, and women. However, the GOP is only losing among battleground women by 5 points. Without a double-digit disadvantage among all women, and not merely the unmarried variety, Republican candidates will usually be competitive at the polls.
This poll confirmed what others have observed: Democratic-leaning women are simply not interested in voting this cycle.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent observed this phenomenon occurring last week and noted how it is endangering Democratic prospects this cycle:
Move to women, and it gets very interesting. Sixty-five percent of women say they are certain to vote, versus 61 percent of men. That’s a plus for Democrats, right?
Well, you’d think, but when you break down those women by party, it turns out that 79 percent of Republican women are certain to vote, versus 66 percent of Democratic women.
It is, however, not only generic Democrats who are suffering with women this election cycle. President Barack Obama, too, is suffering with women voters.
Appearing on MSNBC on Monday, former Daily Beast publisher, journalist, and memoirist, Tina Brown, speculated that the president is no longer drawing the support of as many women as he has in the past because he makes them feel “unsafe” and his sense of self-importance is not matched by a record of achievement. Imagine that.
“I think [women are] feeling unsafe,” Brown said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday. “They feel unsafe economically. They’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS. What they feel unsafe about is the government response to different crises.”
Brown said Obama’s smugness and willingness to place blame has also contributed to his declining support.
“I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody,” she said.
Considering how Democratic figures’ efforts to refight the War on Women has spectacularly backfired on them this cycle, it is particularly delicious that an erstwhile ally like Brown is criticizing Democrats and the president for not providing women with substantive assurances about their ability to competently govern.