Poll: Only Three in Ten Women Believe 'War on Women' Exists
The Democrats' "war on women" mantra has been around for months, but a
new poll suggests it's not making much of an impact. The poll
by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that just 31% of women believe in a "wide-scale" effort to limit
reproductive health choices. Of that group, 75% believed it was a "bad
thing." That means that just 23% of women (and only 20% of the public as
a whole) are reacting to the "war on women" the way the DNC clearly
hopes they will.
Not surprisingly, the women responding to this message are overwhelmingly liberal.
Among self-described liberal women, 49% believe in a wide-scale "war on
women." Among self-identified conservative women, that number was just
18%, but of those nearly as many saw it as a "good thing" as a "bad
thing" (6% vs. 8%).
So will the "war on women" be a factor in this year's election? While 42% of women report taking some action as a result of what they've
heard about this issue, activity is split fairly evenly between
liberals and conservatives (51% vs. 41%). Of all the women surveyed,
only 10% report reconsidering who to vote for and, again, that includes
people who switched in both directions.
The poll does show that a majority of women who are registered voters
trust Obama to "look out for the best interests of women" (59%-25%).
However, the poll also shows that so-called women's issues including
abortion are way down on the priority list for respondents. Even among
self-identified liberal women, the economy/jobs is the top issue at 58%
with women's issues/abortion trailing at just 6%.
No doubt it would be helpful to Obama's reelection chances to make
"women's issues" a bigger factor in this year's election, but given the
jobs numbers out today, that doesn't seem likely to happen anytime soon.