Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is inching closer and closer to the Republican presidential nomination, and it looks like no one will be able to stop him. But his zeal to win over the more conservative members of his party is likely to have a dramatic effect on his general elections possibilities.
The more he runs, the less women like him.
According to the latest polling, women being asked which presidential candidate they prefer — President Barack Obama or Romney, are overwhelmingly picking the incumbent. Obama has a 17 point lead among female voters. In comparison, men prefer Romney to Obama by two points.
Considering the moves Romney has had to make to secure votes during the primaries, the gender gap isn’t very surprising. Romney has come out strongly against a woman’s right to choose, and even against her ability to access birth control if she works for a religious organization or a boss who considers him or herself too “moral” to allow her to obtain it with the company insurance. He’s joined the war on Planned Parenthood, which provides preventative health care for so many women without coverage. He’s agreed to fight against the Affordable Care Act, which has assisted 20 million women with expanded insurance coverage and free preventative care. And he joins his party in the fight to cut back on the social safety net programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security that so many more women than men end up relying on.
In fact, at this point, it’s a wonder that he actually has so much support from women in the first place.
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