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CBS News/NYTimes poll finds Romney Ahead among all Americans, including Women

by | May 16, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

I read CBS News’s explanation of the poll it conducted jointly with the New York Times with rapt attention. After months of hysteria about a Republican ‘war on women,’ women now supported Romney over Obama 46% to 43% among registered voters!  In April, Mr. Romney trailed by 6 points, 49% to 43%.

Guess what? Not word one in the story written by the CBS News Polling Unit about the ten point turnabout.  But there was a convoluted paragraph, the gist of which was, sure, two-thirds of Americans (67%) “believe the economy is in bad shape, but respondents expressed the most optimism on that issue [32%] since January 2008 – months before the economic crisis was in full swing.” Talk about finding silver linings!

For comparison purposes, Rasmussen has Romney up two points—47% to 45%–and in the Gallup daily tracking poll–which is based on seven days’ polling–Obama is up one point—46% to 45%.

There is an additional irony. The Obama Administration is insisting the poll is “biased.” It is, but not the way Obama’s staffers mean it. The poll oversamples Democrats and still Obama is trailing!

Of course the question is do these numbers represent the beginning of a trend?

Yesterday we talked about a poll conducted a couple of weeks back by The Hill newspaper.

“On the issue of which candidate better understands women’s issues, Obama has a slight advantage over Romney with all voters, 42 percent to 40 percent, but that was a statistical tie given the poll’s 3-point margin of error. When it came to just women voters, 46 percent said Romney better understands their issues while 41 percent said Obama is better.”

Moreover,

“More voters think Mitt Romney and the Republican Party respect women who work outside the home more than think President Obama and the Democrats respect women who stay at home.”

Specifically, 49% of likely voters believe Romney respects women who work outside the home, as opposed to 27% who said Romney doesn’t respect women who have independent careers. But look at the flipside: only 37% of likely voters think Obama respects women who stay at home, which is only two point more than those who think he does not (35%)!

In other words, women think Romney understands their issues and respects their choices in life more than Obama.

Second, the irony is that Obama’s slide among women comes at a time when even columnists who have slavishly supported him are turned off by Obama’s transparently political/cynical ploys. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank calls him “The First Female President.”

Milbank was referring to Obama’s fourth appearance on  “The View” and his commencement speech to the graduates of Barnard College, a woman’s college where while still early in the speech he acknowledged that his praise for the young generation of women is “a cheap applause line when you’re giving a commencement at Barnard.” Which prompted Milbank to observe

“But Obama was being modest. He didn’t deliver a cheap applause line. He delivered an entire speech full of them. His reelection campaign has been working for months to exploit the considerable gender gap, which puts him far ahead of likely GOP rival Mitt Romney among women. But Monday’s activities veered into pandering, as Obama brazenly flaunted his feminine mystique.”

Milbank’s column is very much worth reading at www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/barack-obama-the-first-female-president/2012/05/14/gIQAViBlPU_story.html?hpid=z6. His conclusion indicates how turned off he was by Obama’s obsequious pandering:

“Obama made a fair and at times inspirational argument, but the tone seemed more suited to campaign than campus, particularly when he, toward the end, lifted lines from his stump speech. ‘If you’re willing to reach up and close that gap between what America is and what America should be,’ he said, raising his voice, ‘I want you to know that I will be right there with you.’

“The president departed — he had to get to Barbara, Whoopi, Joy, Elisabeth and Sherri — but not before sharing hugs and kisses with the other women onstage.”

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