Poll: Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ has Backfired

July 30, 2014

demdonkeyDENVER—Colorado Democrats are convinced that the “war on women” tactic is a surefire election winner, but a poll released Tuesday shows that some women voters may be suffering from battle fatigue.

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.”

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8 Responses to Poll: Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ has Backfired

  1. July 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

    It’s Gardner and his 100% pro-life voting record against pro-abortion Sen. Mark Udall and his consistent voting record in favor of unlimited abortions funded at taxpayer expense. We’ll take Cory any day!

    Get involved in supporting Cory Gardner by contacting Colorado Citizens for Life on Facebook or Twitter at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Citizens-for-Life/271148383026675?ref=hl and https://twitter.com/coloradoprolife

  2. Jeane Dougherty
    July 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    These ads are sickening. I will vote for Cory Gardiner if only because of them! Government funding of birth control is only a half step away from government MANDATING birth control. Wise up people! Senator Udall is serving the interests of his money support from outside our state. We need a senator who is from us and for us, not one who uses his position for the profit of other so called greater interests!

    • Roxanne Paine
      July 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      You are right on Jeane!

  3. James Gittings
    July 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Any pro-lifer needs to refer to this article showing that most women are more concerned with greater issues and are not just vegetables that will do what the DemoRATS will demand.
    Besides, it’s hypocritical for men in the communist news media to cite the ‘Republican war on women’ because the likes of Bill Maher are routinely and unapologetically misogynistic.

  4. Samin
    July 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    It is not a war on women to ask women to pay for birth control just like we pay for other prescriptions. I would rather have Gardner’s policy of letting me get it over the counter than the Obama care model where I have added regulation. What a joke.

  5. Luvanna
    July 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    As an Independent woman voter, this is pure bunk. Gardner has my vote. He needs to talk about the illegal alien invasion, amnesty and closing the borders. I pay for my own birth control. How stupid to even think women want their BC pills paid for.

  6. Frances M/
    July 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Mark Udall, who has voted with the Dems to regulate everything from school lunches to health care is “concerned” because Cory Gardner might regulate abortion!!! Give me a break. The country is going broke and we should worry about whether somebody might have to pay for birth control? Pardon me, but just because we are female doesn’t mean we are idiots!!!

  7. Robert
    August 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    The Democrats loudly, longly, and falsely claim a Republican “War on Women” and the Republicans act defensively making the claims against them appear legitimate instead of aggressively pointing out in counter attack that the Democrats -all liberals by extension- are very openly conducting both a War on Morality and a War on Christianity.

    The Republicans are seemingly more interested in defensively justifying themselves from false attacks than attacking in return based on truth, they simply don’t know how to fight. This is why they are trying to be psuedo Democrats instead of true and traditional conservatives to win elections by appealing to those that will never vote for them under any circumstances instead of those that will.

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