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Independent Women Vote For Obama

Independent Women Vote For Obama

 

If there was one clear lesson from the November 2010 election it is when women stay home from the polls women’s rights suffer. To try and prevent that from happening again, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, held a conference call and webinar with EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, WOMEN VOTE! Director Denise Feriozzi, and Democratic pollster Lisa Grove, to release groundbreaking quantitative research on independent women voters in battleground states.

This election cycle, EMILY’s List is researching independent women without college degrees, a critical bloc of swing voters this election cycle. The first round of this research relied on targeted online focus group discussions, which revealed that the images women associated with their elected officials’ failures were overwhelmingly male. These politicians were largely described as out-of-touch and disinterested in the bread-and-butter issues that drive most American households.

The findings released today built on that earlier research and were the result of telephone surveys conducted by professional interviewers that reached out to 950 likely independent female voters across 13 EMILY’s List battleground states:  Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. The poll was conducted June 6-11, 2012, with a margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The data revealed that President Obama holds an eight point lead among this critical cohort of women voters, garnering 48% of the vote to Romney’s 40%, and that Democrats currently enjoy a seven-point lead in a generic trial race for Congress.

“In these tough economic times, independent women voters want candidates who will focus on putting them back to work, support equal pay, and protect vital programs like Medicare and Social Security,” said  Schriock. “The Pro-choice, Democratic women who EMILY’s List support are exactly the kinds of candidates these voters are looking for – veterans, police chiefs, mothers, and community leaders who will fight for middle class families instead of creating partisan gridlock.”

The Democrats’ lead is due to their willingness to stand up for economic fairness by holding millionaires and billionaires accountable, and building an economy that works for the middle class. 71% of these women stated that the GOP attempt to block the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act is a convincing reason not to vote Republican. Those surveyed also prioritized retirement security and affordable health care access, and trusted Democrats to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care choices without government intrusion. 69% of women find the Ryan Budget’s cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and education as a convincing reason not to vote for Republicans.

The obvious common thread is that these independent women are concerned about economic issues because, each of these issues is about basic economic fairness. So long as Democrats stay on this message these are votes they should be able to capture.

 

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6:27AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Starting to wonder if i should even vote at all

4:57AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Wow, Ira...such hate and misinformation spewing from you! "Informed smart people will vote for Obama"?? Actually, informed smart people will do their homework and vote for the better candidate which, in this case, is not Obama. He wasn't prevented from living up to his promise, his promise was "Change" and he definitely kept that one by "changing" America for the worse. You call me a "Fox brain dead robot" because I watch Fox News but look at the programmed drivel you're spouting off. Too bad you had to join this discussion, we were all disagreeing but at least we were being civil about it. Have a nice day and please don't come back until you can play nice with others.

4:22AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

OBAMA WAS PREVENTED FROM LIVING UP TO HIS PROMISE BECAUSE THE BASTARD TBAGGER/REPUBLICANS BLOCKED EVERYTHING HE WANTED THAT WOULD HAVE CREATED MILLIONS OF JOBS. OBSTRUCTIONISTS BLAMING THE OBSTRUCTED -- HOW SICK AND EVIL IS THAT! INFORMED, SMART PEOPLE WILL VOTE IN THEIR BEST INTEREST FOR OBAMA AND A DEMOCRAT CONGRESS FOR GUARANTEED PROMISES KEPT. LET THE FOX BRAIN-DEAD ROBOTS KEEP RAMBLING ON INSANELY AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE ABYSS.

8:11AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

WOMEN GET OUR AND REGISTER TO VOTE!
BE READY AND GO! TAKE AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN WITH YOU AND SHOW THESE PURE IDIOTS THE WOMEN AREN'T TAKING THIS "CRAP" ANY MORE!! THINK HOW BADLY WOMEN HAVE BEEN TREATED IN HISTORY!
HEY!!
WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS LET'S KEEP IT GOING LADIES!
AS FAR AS EDUCATED AND INTELLINGENT WOMEN! THERE ARE MANY!
A LOT OF US AREN'T THINKING AS TO WHO DOES THE MOST FOR THE PEOPLE !
HEALTH CARE THAT EVERYONE NEEDS!
WE SHOULD HAVE JUST WENT FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR ALL LIKE CANADA!
NO ONE SHOULD COMPLAIN OF THIS. WE HAVE IT NOW AND THEY CAN USE IT IF IT'S NEEDED!
WHILE THIS HEALTH CARE WAS BEING SET UP ALWAYS REMEMBER THE PEOPLE THAT SAT DAY AFTER DAY AND WE PAID THEM BIG TIME AND THEY NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO HELP! THEY WERE HOPING IT WOULD FAIL TO MAKE SOMEBODY LOOK BAD!!!

12:49PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Non stimo Obama, durante il suo mandato non ha combinato niente di buono e sarà famoso solo per l' uccisione di Osama Bin Laden, uno schifoso criminale, che andava comunque regolarmente processato.

8:23AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

LADIES ALL OF YOU:
BE SURE TO BE REGISTERED TO VOTE AND GO!
TAKE A CAR LOAD AND ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS!
GET TO THE POLLS!
LET NOTHING STOP YOU!
SOME COUNTRIES DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!
WE DO LET'S USE IT!
WOMEN HAVE COME A LONG WAY IN HISTORY!
WE WEREN'T EVEN RECOGNIZED TILL THE 20'S!!!
AT ONE TIME WOMEN COULDN'T EVEN OWN PROPERTY!
THAT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO EITHER!

8:16AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Winn - I disagree wholeheartedly but that's something that makes this country so great! We have the freedom to disagree with or even vocally dislike our leaders without fear of persecution. Thankfully the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order of March 16th doesn't cover that! Yet...

7:53AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Smart women vote for Obama.

7:30AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Kynthia, Don't be ridiculous...no one is trying to legislate my vagina (or yours either for that matter) and how do you believe it would become a criminal offense to make my own decisions under a Romney administration? I am voting for Romney because I am staunchly against the Democratic thinking of more government regulating business, gun control and more welfare to help "spread the wealth". The Democrats think that the average American is too dumb to take care of him/herself and that we need the government to do it for us. Oh and I almost forgot..."President Obama's National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order". Google that and see what your current President is really up to these days and Romney may look a little better to you!

Also, I am not rich and I don't work for the government but I do have a job and I have worked for everything I own never accepting government assistance. The idea that I owe anything that I've worked for to anyone else is ludicrous to me which takes me back to the Democratic approach of "spreading the wealth"

7:29AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Looks like so-called independent women will vote for their own interests, as it should be. Further, if you vote for a third-party candidate, you are voting for the president. Again, as it should be.

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