Why Do GOP Women Like Santorum?

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is slowly losing any hope of getting the Republican nomination for President.  Beginning to trail frontrunner Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, and tied with him in his homes state of Pennsylvania, it’s obvious that the voters are losing interest in the religious right candidate.

Well, the men are, anyway.

According to Politico, Santorum is a ladies man.  “[F[ar from being scared off Santorum, conservative women are zealously embracing him. The former Pennsylvania senator, who is ardently anti-abortion and personally against birth control, has won the female vote in a large handful of states in the Republican presidential contest so far, particularly in the South. He also has the highest favorability rating among women of any GOP contender."

What exactly appeals to the conservative women that they can't find in Romney?  According to polling, they see him as more representing their "family values" in a way that the former Massachusetts governor doesn't.

One factor apparently boosting Santorum over Romney with that demographic is that the women polled tend to believe that caring for the family is the most important role a woman can play, and that Santorum is more focused on those economic issues that could assist a woman in staying home with her children. "The majority of women in this country who have children under 12 would prefer to be at home, but they’re forced to work because of a tax system that devalues child rearing,” [Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission] said. “If Mr. Santorum had his way, … he would enable mothers who wanted to stay home with their children.”

Ironically, Santorum’s proposal for “enabling” mothers to better stay homes with children via the tax system would be to triple the child tax deduction, rather than provide a bigger child tax credit, meaning that it would be of much greater benefit to those already doing well than to those struggling to make ends meet already.

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82 comments

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons3 years ago

Because they are conservatives and drank the koolaid.

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M.3 years ago

I don't think it is a question of "Why do GOP women like Santorum". I think it is more a question of "Why do women with the brains of coleslaw like Santorum".

Unfortunately there is a strong and telling correlation between GOP women and women with the brains of coleslaw, which makes the two questions nearly the same.

Then of course there are those women who are as dumb as Ernest R., who make coleslaw look like a supercomputer.

lis Gunn
lis Gunn3 years ago

@Ernest R. What has this to do with the article? Your Islamaphobia is showing again. No, there's no accounting for stupidity but you have enough of your own without trying to deflect it on others.

Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden3 years ago

Hey lis. I like your second statement too!

Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden3 years ago

your first statement, that is. I haven't made it to your other statements yet.

Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden3 years ago

lis g. I agree 100% with your statement. And if you hadn't stated it first, then I would have.

Lynda Harrison
Lynda Harrison3 years ago

Perhaps one of his ardent followers could explain if this person is so Godly, why hasn't he applied to become the next Pope?

Troy G.
Troy Grant3 years ago

"Why do GOP Women Like Santorum?"

The Stockholm Syndrome?

Marianna B M.

noted

Ernest R.
Ernest R.3 years ago

@ Luvenia V.. “Sadly this means the phrase “you can’t fix stupid” applies to women as well as men” On that note, in the last 12 months more than 500 British men and women have converted to Islam. Seventy per cent of the converts were white women, average age 27. !00,000 Americans convert to Islam per year. The world gets wierder by the day. Maybe people just can’t handle freedom. Get ready for Sharia law, folks.