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.


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