What's Driving the Gender Gap Between Obama and Romney? It's the Economy, Stupid
By Bryce Covert, Next New Deal Editor
The blogosphere was abuzz last week after polling numbers from USA Today/Gallup came out showing Obama with a 18-point lead over Romney with women in swing states. Many leapt to the conclusion that the more than a month-long fracas over birth control – when and how it should be covered, as well as whether it is bad in the first place – has turned women off of the Republican platform. After all, virtually all women will use birth control at some point in their lives.
But in a forum on women’s economic concerns on Friday, President Obamastated what has become a new campaign refrain of late: “Women are not some monolithic bloc. Women are not an interest group.” And as he put it even more simply a few weeks back: “I’m not somebody who believes women will be single-issue voters.” Indeed, he’s right. Women care deeply about accessing contraception (sorry, Nikki Haley), but that’s not the only issue they vote on – and it’s not necessarily the main driver of the widening gender gap between Republicans and Democrats.