Monday, April 2, 2012

Ladies Choice

TPM has some poll numbers that might give the GOP some agita.

President Obama has emerged with an impressive lead in swing states around the country — thanks to women voters abandoning the GOP in droves, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll showing President Obama leading among women voters in the top dozen battleground states by a whopping 18 points — greater than the 12-point gender gap he won with in 2008.

One month ago, the same poll showed Mitt Romney leading the president by 2 percentage points; but Sunday, the newest poll gave Obama a 9-point lead, 51 percent to 42 percent. The change, the poll indicates, comes from women:

“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.”

The obvious reason for this change is the fight over contraception and the way the Republicans — led by Rush Limbaugh and enabled by the candidates — turned it from a debate over religious freedom (which was a bullshit argument in the first place since providing contraception through health insurance has been around for a long time with nary a peep from the defenders of the faith) to slut-shaming and leering catcalls about women and their ladybits.

Add to that toxic mix the rash of medieval bills being proposed in various states like Virginia, Arizona, and Georgia. They have raised the idea of government intrusion via transvaginal sonograms and draconian measures to ensure that women weren’t going in for an abortion and a manicure to giddy heights. This is a sure-fire way of convincing the majority of people in America — who happen to be women — that the Republican Party isn’t really looking out for your best interest as much as they’re looking to find some way, any way, to beat President Obama.