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Clinton Not Connecting With Millennial Women

'Glass ceiling' argument isn't resonating with younger voters

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders didn't just defeat Hillary Clinton among the under-30 set in Iowa, he trounced her by an incredible margin of 6:1. And that holds true when looking solely at young female voters. What gives? Some related coverage:
  • Clinton "has aggressively reached out to young women with
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Saudi Women Rock the Voter Registration for First Time

Historic moment as women prepare to cast ballots in December elections

(Newser) - Not unusual: A well-known businessperson and a schoolteacher registered to vote Sunday in Saudi Arabia's municipal elections in December. Unusual: that they were both women. Jamal Al-Saadi and Safinaz Abu Al-Shamat earned the honors of being the first two females ever in the kingdom to register (Saadi in Medina,... More »

Poll: Trump Still Hasn't Turned Off Women

He's leading among female supporters: Reuters poll

(Newser) - Female voters are apparently ignoring Donald Trump's recent comments about Megyn Kelly or aren't fazed by them, suggests a new Reuters poll, which has Trump leading among women Republican supporters. Many consider his outspokenness to be refreshing. "I like how disgusted he is in how things are... More »

Obama's Best Weapon: Single Women

They were huge this election, but now face more stereotypes: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - Mitt Romney should have put a ring on it, because it was all the single ladies who helped President Obama win a second term. So says Meghan Daum in the LA Times , who writes that the president's focus on women's health issues and the like helped him nab... More »

As Mitt Closes Women Gap, Eyes on 'Waitress Moms'

Obama, Romney now even among women: AP poll

(Newser) - As a new AP-GfK poll has Mitt Romney closing the gap among women voters, the New York Times takes a look at a key swing demographic: so-called "waitress moms." The term refers to blue-collar white women without college educations. Unlike "soccer moms" of the 1990s, they're... More »

Women Favor Obama By 18 Points

Quinnipiac gives president a small lead overall

(Newser) - President Obama still holds a small lead over Mitt Romney, and it's thanks entirely to his popularity with women and minorities, according to a new Quinnipiac poll . The poll has Obama ahead 49% to 45% overall, but his support among women is especially strong at 56% to 38%, and... More »

Obama's Our First Woman President

Dana Milbank thinks Obama's taking the pandering just a bit too far

(Newser) - Good news, Barack Obama. You may not be the first black president (that would be Bill Clinton), but you are the first gay one , and apparently the first woman, too. That's how Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is interpreting yesterday's schedule. Eager to exploit his advantage over... More »

Dear Mitt: Women Aren't a Foreign Country

Ruth Marcus says Romney has to stop letting his wife handle the ladies

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's strategy for wooing women voters appears to be outsourcing the task to his wife. When asked about women last week, he replied that, after campaigning, his wife had learned that women were worried about the economy. "Note to the candidate," writes Ruth Marcus in the... More »

Romney Begins Courting Women's Vote

But he's got much work to to do chip into Obama's lead

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is starting to hone his appeal to female voters, acutely aware as he turns to the general election that he has little choice but to narrow President Obama's commanding lead among this critical constituency. None too soon, say many Republican activists. They expect Romney, as well as... More »

GOP Women Increasingly Sweet on Santorum

Birth control issue hasn't driven them away

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's controversial positions on issues like birth control and prenatal screening haven't alienated women voters, contrary to predictions , a Washington Post poll finds. Santorum's favorability rating among Republican women has surged over the last few weeks to 57%, just four points below Romney's. Even among... More »

Santorum Has a Woman Problem

Female voters would be a tough sell in general election

(Newser) - This was just a matter of time: Rick Santorum has been rising in the polls , but he's also making headlines with his views on women in combat ( not a fan ) and birth control ( ditto ), and for his rich backer's crack about "gals" putting... More »

Cain Was Already Struggling With Woman Voters

Women's group asks candidate to explain allegations

(Newser) - Herman Cain was in trouble with women voters even before sexual harassment allegations surfaced, the Washington Post finds. Recent polls found Mitt Romney to be around 10 points ahead of Cain with female votes. In Iowa, where the two are neck-and-neck, 26% of men support Cain and 18% support Romney,... More »

Poll: Obama Voters Deserting Democrats

Women, Catholics, independents now favoring GOP

(Newser) - Key groups of voters who helped President Obama win in 2008 and delivered Congress to the Democrats in 2006 are favoring the GOP this time around, a New York Times /CBS poll finds. Women, Catholics, less affluent voters, and independents are all leaning Republican, the poll finds. Women are set... More »

Palin's Flop Shows Gender Doesn't Sway Women Voters

It's the agenda, stupid: Goodman

(Newser) - This election showed a female candidate won’t automatically draw women’s votes if most women disagree with her on the issues, Ellen Goodman writes in the Boston Globe: “It’s not the gender … but the agenda.” With women traditionally putting economic issues—and more governmental control—... More »

Six Key Misconceptions About Women Voters

Top of the list: females not a unified voting bloc

(Newser) - The campaigns are desperate to know what makes women voters tick, but much political thinking is still marred by gross misconceptions about the key group. MSNBC lists the most egregious:
  1. Women are a homogenous voting bloc. Not only do they not share a common geography, attitude or philosophy, but even
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Men Tend to Bail on Election Day

Jail, work, apathy behind 40-year voting dip

(Newser) - The percentage of men who vote has been falling for 40 years, and will likely continue to drop this year, Newsweek reports. Total voter turnout has been dropping since a record high in 1964, but men appear particularly hamstrung by gender-specific factors. More go to prison, fewer attend college, and... More »

Blue-Collar White Women Shift to Obama

Economic worries overcome key group's reservations about Obama

(Newser) - America's "Jane Sixpacks" are leaning toward the Democratic ticket in growing numbers, the Wall Street Journal reports. White, working-class women voters make up nearly a quarter of the electorate, and polls are finding that the economic crisis is convincing more voters in this vital group to back Barack Obama,... More »

McCain Talks Economy as Women Break for Obama

Housing seen as way to win over white moms

(Newser) - John McCain is shifting focus to the economy in a bid to win over white women who are rapidly flocking to Barack Obama. Any bump McCain saw with female voters after selecting running mate Sarah Palin has utterly evaporated, the Boston Globe reports. Polls show Obama leading by 17% among... More »

Women Swing Back to Barack

Sarah Palin's candidacy shook up the race, but polls show female support in line with past elections

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s novel influence on the presidential campaign appears to have waned, and the “gender gap” among voters has reverted to that in past elections, the Chicago Tribune reports. That means women favor Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain. Women will support Obama by a margin of... More »

Confidence in Palin Plunges

Poll finds doubts about Palin's ability to lead dragging down GOP ticket

(Newser) - Voter confidence in Sarah Palin's ability to lead has taken a dive, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. Some 60% of voters now believe she lacks the experience to be president and a third are less inclined to vote for John McCain because she's on the GOP ticket.... More »

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