This latest article from ABC’s Matt Negrin not only misinforms, but it’s misleading and misogynistic, until the piece turns to women pollsters for answers.
Generally, according to research by Democrats, unmarried women care more about economic matters like jobs than more complicated issues, such as the debt ceiling, the latter being a favorite talking point for Republicans.
Married women, on the other hand, have historically responded warmly to Republicans’ economic message favoring less government.
Linda DiVall, a GOP pollster, said the recent focus on women’s issues is “not helpful at all” for Romney.
Where to start?
The sections in bold above speak for themselves, as does the point of view of the writer.
ABC’s Negrin highlights economic matters and jobs as important to unmarried women, but those idiot broads couldn’t possibly understand “complicated issues” like the debt ceiling.
Well, excuse me, but having spent most of my adult life as an unmarried woman, the debt ceiling debate is easy to understand, because paying your bills is critical to any single woman.
And since when do married women lean Republican because of “favoring less government”?
ABC’s clear right-leaning bias in this piece is unhelpful at best and fallacious at worse.
“Less government” routinely refers to “fixing” entitlements, the Republican Party’s goal of goals, which even Pres. Obama has adopted in his “grand bargain.” It’s hard to know whose on women’s side on this one and that’s important, because entitlements impact women as we age a lot more than men, a subject that I covered relentlessly last summer when Pres. Obama was talking about entitlement “reform.”
When married women lean Republican it’s usually about national security and safety issues, not less government, minus the Tea Party 2010 midterms. “Less government” is clearly a Republican talking point, which even ABC’s Negrin has to admit, even as he adopts it as a premise.
It’s obvious, since women are going to be at the heart of winning in 2012, that diligence will be required to police the pure propaganda from news organizations. Matt Negrin and ABC, because they allowed this tripe to be posted, are now at the top of that watch list.
When ABC turns to the numbers, the Negrin’s piece becomes valid and should cause Obama reelect pause:
In February, 64 percent of unmarried women said they would vote for Obama over Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, according to a Democracy Corps survey analyzed by Democratic pollsters. Only 31 percent picked the GOP candidate. The gap ““ 33 points ““ was 10 points bigger than in it was in January.
Now look at what married women say: 56 percent said they would vote for Romney, and only 37 percent for Obama, with virtually no change from January to February.
Obama’s contraceptive mandate could bring younger women out in the same numbers as young people in general came out in 2008. The enthusiasm among younger voters is way down from ’08, but unmarried women could change that.
IF they come out and vote, which they don’t always do.
Married women do vote and few care about the contraceptive mandate above economic issues.
The main problem is that Pres. Obama has never had an economic message. Every book written about his first term reports this fact in detail and it’s painful every time to read. It remains Pres. Obama’s biggest problem with women.
A quote from my book resonates today, given all the focus on women’s vote:
“Women are not only the CFO in the household, but they’re the chief purchasing officer.” – Lisa Caputo, former aide to Hillary Clinton
Pres. Obama has yet to craft an economic message that speaks to what Caputo is talking about, which revolved around The Shriver Report analysis as well. If he’s relying on unmarried women to come out in droves, driven in part by the Republican war on women, that’s a gamble.
Just ask Al Gore.