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Poll: Dems' Tight Grip on Single Women Voters Slips

By Aaron Stern   |   Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 03:22 PM

The stranglehold that Democrats had on single female voters in the 2012 presidential race is loosening, just one of many problems facing the party in the coming midterm elections.

President Barack Obama won re-election in 2012 behind an 11-point edge among female voters, including a commanding 38-point advantage with unmarried women.

But a recent George Washington University Battleground Poll shows that just 36 percent of single women plan to vote in the November midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reports. If that low turnout is evidence of wavering support, Republicans could have a way into that demographic.

One possible inroad could be debunking the notion that women earn on average 23 percent less pay than men. Obama discussed the income gap between men and women during his campaign, and Democrats up for election this fall are seizing on that issue as well.

But at a Monday gathering to discuss feminism and female voting, Angelise Schrader of the Heritage Foundation dismissed the oft-repeated claim that women earn 77 cents on the dollar to what men do, stating that the actual disparity is closer to 9 percent, according to Slate.

One possible inroad for Republicans to court the women's vote is to play up the pitfalls of feminism and the erosion of the American family.

"Women know that because of the nature of their bodies, because they carry and bear children and nurse and nurture children, that they need protection and support . . .  Feminism disdains this natural urge," Heritage program associate Angelise Schrader told Monday's crowd, according to the Washington Post.

"Everybody go out, right now, go get married if you’re not married, and we should be able to solve all these problems," Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, said during Monday's Heritage discussion panel.

Support among women is just one problem facing Democrats. Obamacare's troubles have given Republicans ample campaign-trail ammunition, and Obama's flagging popularity will help the party's congressional candidates.

Obama "may still be able to rally base Democratic voters, but his capacity to lead the totality of the American electorate has ended," George Washington University's analysis of its poll said.

But while Republicans have made gains in how voters perceive their ability to favorably handle the economy, the GOP still faces challenges. Just 33 percent of Republicans are happy with the direction of their party, compared to 68 percent of Democrats who feel good about where their party is heading, according to the poll.

Strategic analysis of the poll by its administrators said Republicans' taking control of the Senate seems likely but a unified Republican Congress is a longshot.

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