A startling turnaround in pre-election polls show President Barack Obama losing the women’s vote to Mitt Romney despite, or because of, Obama’s favoring gay marriages.
A CBS/New York Times poll gives Romney, the unofficial but de facto Republic candidate, a 46 to 44 per cent lead among women’s voters, a dramatic eight-point turnaround from a month ago.
Romney’s new strength among women follow Democratic party charges that the Republican party has declared a “war on women.”
The same poll also revealed that two-thirds of the respondents think President Obama’s announcement that he supports gay marriage was made “mostly for political reasons,” while only 24 percent believe the president took his stand on principle.
President Obama has hedged his bets, declining to say if he would urge the repeal of a 1996 law that defines a legal marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He offered his opinion that the law is not constitutional.
He took the offensive against Romney on the issue of gay marriage on ABC this week. “You've got Governor Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can't have same-sex marriages,” he said.
After the latest poll, his deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter claimed the survey was based on a biased sample.
The Rasmussen daily poll on Tuesday showed Romney leading Obama with a 47-45 percent lead, the other eight percent being divided between voters who would vote for an alternate candidate or who are undecided.
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh accused mainstream media of burying the results of the poll on women voters.
“For some reason, neither The New York Times nor CBS News seems to have noticed, the breakdown of the women's vote in their poll. They're not reporting it. They're burying it. I haven't seen it mentioned. Not even over at PMSNBC [MSNBC] are they talking about this.
“They're not interested in how Obama's faring with women, it just isn't newsworthy anymore because he's losing…. And these people live and die by these polls.... They use these polls to influence public opinion, not reflect it, and that means that all this is a double whammy.
“For two months or longer now – time is flying by – this War on Women was designed to get every woman in America hating Republicans and hating Romney, loving Obama. Obama is the guy who's gonna protect their birth control pills, gonna protect their right to abortion, gonna protect them against these predatory men, which is every man….
“And then they go out and do a poll to see how successfully they have shaped opinion, they find out they failed. So it makes sense that they don't report it.”