Friday, April 13, 2012

Barack Obama's Woman Problem

Obama enjoyed 70% from women when he took office in 2009. That's down to 49%. And the top four issues that women identify as their priorities are all negative for Obama.
The No. 1 issue women said was a priority for them is health care. Obamacare remains deeply unpopular with the American people, and women are even more opposed to it than men. Polls show 52 percent of women want the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare, compared to 48 percent of men. If Obamacare is front and center in the fall campaign, the president will be fighting an uphill battle with women voters on the issue.

The No. 2 issue women identified on their list of priorities: Gas prices. Not a winning issue for the president. Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the the rise in prices by wide margins. 

The No. 3 issue for women? Unemployment. As Team Romney is quick to point out, women account for more than 92 percent of the job losses since Obama took office, and a recent Pew study found that “women are the only group for whom employment growth lagged behind population growth from 2009 to 2011.” Absent a sudden economic turnaround, unemployment — particularly women’s unemployment — will be a major challenge for the president this November.

The No. 4 issue for women? The national debt. With his miasma of spending, Obama has presided over the most rapid increase in the debt under any in president American history. Obama has little chance of winning the debate over the debt.


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