Conservative women have warmed to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, despite predictions from some in the media that his views about women’s issues would alienate female voters, Politico reports
. The former Pennsylvania senator has been forthright in his strong opposition to abortion and his personal objection to birth control, though he’s not in favor of outlawing contraception.
Conservative women like Santorum’s stance on social issues, and they like the fact that he’s a true family man, with seven children. “Conservative women in the South are pro-life,” Concerned Women for America founder Penny Nance told Politico. “And [Santorum’s pro-life position] isn’t off-putting, it’s endearing to them.”
In a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last week, Santorum earned the highest favorability rating among Republican and Republican-leaning women of any GOP candidate. A total of 66 percent of women viewed him favorably, compared with 18 percent who viewed him unfavorably.
And Santorum has performed well among women voters, with exit polls showing he won the female vote in Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
“When you see that he was the primary person fighting partial-birth abortion, ... and then he’s back home saving a child [his daughter Bella] who’s not going to live for very long, because he really means it when he says every child has innate value — it’s the real deal,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told Politico.
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