The right-leaning Colorado Women’s Alliance (CWA) issued the results of polling indicating that 77 percent of women voters surveyed “clearly see through the so-called Democrat ‘War on Women’ messaging strategy,” according to Magellan Strategies.
Those weren’t just staunch Republican women. The poll, conducted June 3-4, targeted 500 women viewed as swing voters: registered independents, Republican-leaning independents, and “soft” Republican voters.
The poll also found that “67 percent of respondents agree that women in America do not fear a government bureaucrat taking birth control away from them, but what they fear are politicians using the issue of access to birth control as a political tactic to scare them into a voting a certain way.””
“Among women in the true middle segment, 68 percent agree,” said the analysis by Magellan, a Republican polling firm based in Louisville.
CWA executive director Debbie Brown said her group released the data in the hope that “leaders will re-focus on the broad range of issues that are top of mind for women today.
“With all the ads on the television talking about birth control, you would think that was the top issue on the minds of women today. You would be wrong,” said Brown in a statement.
Nowhere is the “war on women” more ubiquitous than in the Senate contest, where Democratic issue committees like Sen. Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC are hammering Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on the issues of birth control and abortion.
One Reid ad receiving extensive airtime makes the stunning claim that Gardner is unsympathetic to rape victims, but CBS4’s Shaun Boyd criticized the spot in her “Reality Check” segment, concluding that the campaign commercial is “misleading.”
“Bottom line: This ad is the latest attempt to paint Cory Gardner as anti-women because he’s anti-abortion, but it goes too far,” said Boyd in her analysis.
The Magellan survey also found that 34 percent of respondents say that government should pay for birth control, while 61 percent oppose it. Women surveyed also oppose federal funding of abortion by 60 percent to 33 percent.
In addition, 86 percent of those surveyed said they aren’t single-issue voters, but that they “prioritize lots of issues when voting.”
“Women — working women, single moms, college students, grandmothers – are worried about the rising cost of living and the tremendous uncertainty in the job market,” said Brown. “Women are not single-issue voters. What real women want to talk about are the issues that touch their lives.”