New Democracy Corps/Women’s Voices. Women Voting Action Fund polling shows that the recent controversies over contraception and health care – along with a growing concern that the Ryan Budget and Republican budget policies may undermine the economic prospects of women – has the potential to significantly affect the outcome of the Presidential and Congressional elections in battlegrounds districts.
While several recent surveys have shown Barack Obama gaining ground among women voters –particularly unmarried women, this is the first poll to show similar gains in congressional balloting. The poll documents the 20-point preference of unmarried women for Democratic candidates (link to deck) in these battleground districts that is making these races competitive and creating an opportunity for progressives.
It’s clear there are two arguments that are galvanizing women – one is the controversy over contraception and the other is a conservative economic agenda that women – particularly unmarried women – see as hostile to their interests.