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Patch’s Poll: Are Women’s Issues the Deciding Factor in the 2012 Presidential Election?

While the economy continues to be a top factor, the debate over women’s reproductive rights is still driving much of the discussion in the election for the White House.

Analysts and pundits in the 2012 election season believe that the female vote will be a major factor in whether President Barack Obama will be re-elected.

A new ABC poll shows Obama dipping in popularity among women voters, although he still holds an advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

A major part of the discussion has been the Republican and Democratic platform with regard to women’s reproductive rights. First Lady Michelle Obama made a pitch to women during her keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that her husband, "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care.”

But a counter argument from the Republican side has been more on how women’s rights are a distraction from the economy, which still is the driving issue.

“This war on women is absolutely phony,” said Pat Longo, an RNC delegate from Wilton told Patch last week. “It’s strictly to distract from issues of debt, deficit and spending.”

Do you think women’s health issues will be a deciding factor in this election, despite the economic downturn and factors such as the high unemployment rate? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

MAC September 06, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Michelle is going to lose her home in the WH, because most women know they are more than a uterus. The Romneys and Ryans embody traditional American values, but beyond that--the stark differences in the values and Principles of the D & R parties are brilliantly highlighted by the obvious old-fashioned goodness and patriotism omnipresent at the GOP convention last week. That is in vivid contrast to DEM speaker (and HHS Sec.) K. Sebelius' comments about "motherhood as a liability" and womanhood as a "pre-existing condition." The DNC "abortion fest" is revealing, to Americans paying attention, exactly why "GOD" was taken out, this year, of the Democratic platform!! Shameful. In contrast, the GOP convention featured dozens of exciting speakers of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and superb accomplishments! Especially the women, such as governors Susana Martinez, Mary Fallin and Nikki Haley, Condoleezza Rice, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and congressional candidate Mia Love, whose parents immigrated from Haiti, and who graduated from the Univ. of Hartford and is now a mayor in Utah, as well as mother of 3 children! Here is a link to her rousing and patriotic 5 min. speech last week, challenging Obama that "Mr. President, the American people are awake; and we're not buying what you are selling!": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfop5TeDnZo&feature=plcp http://www.youtube.com/user/gopconvention2012/videos (links to all other speeches and other events)
Mark Blore September 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM
No - the economy will be the deciding issue. War on women is just an attempt to distract the viters and polarize people from each other.
Adam September 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Perhaps someone could articulate for me how it is that Romney has waged a "war on women"? If refusing to use taxpayer money for a woman's contraception so she can have as much sex as she wants at the expense of others is "war", how do we seriously engage in debate, especially when the media calls those against the mandate "extremist" and those in favor of it "moderates"? Aren't we past the point of common ground? There is so much misinformation, deliberate distortions, half-truths, name calling and pretending to be offended to make an honest debate impossible.

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