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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Republicans are already at a disadvantage when it comes to female voters, and their support for the Hobby Lobby ruling could hurt them even more. A recent poll shows that a majority of female voters from across the political spectrum oppose the Supreme Court’s decision — and candidates who back it.

Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, released a survey on Friday assessing the attitudes of 1,083 women between the ages of 18 and 55 toward the controversial ruling. It found that 71 percent thought that for-profit corporations should not be able to exempt themselves from laws that go against their religious beliefs. This includes 82 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Independents, and even 52 percent of Republican women.

And 95 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Independents, and 63 percent of Republicans also think that employers should cover prescription birth control without a co-pay; 57 percent of these women strongly agree with this policy. So Republicans who don’t think women should have affordable access to birth control disagree with over half of their female base.

These female voters aren’t just passionate about the issue — they’re also paying very close attention to news coverage of it. A 58 percent majority of women disagree with the Supreme Court ruling. This includes 73 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Independents, and 35 percent of Republicans — 59 percent of women have “heard or read a great deal or fair amount about the decision.” And 72 percent of female voters say that the decision is “very or fairly important to them personally.” Women under the age of 30, unmarried women, and Hispanic and African-American women feel especially strongly about the decision.

The poll also suggests that Hobby Lobby will have a direct impact on the midterm elections — 78 percent of women who are closely following news about the midterms view the ruling as an important personal issue.

The survey is a major warning sign for politicians who came out in favor of the Supreme Court decision; 71 percent of women think these elected officials are “focused on the wrong issues and priorities,” and 68 percent think they are “out of touch with them and the everyday lives of women.”

A candidate who opposes allowing companies to refuse to cover birth control is more likely to get the vote of 57 percent of respondents. This includes 55 percent of Independents. And among female Republican voters, 34 percent say they would prefer a candidate who opposes exceptions, while only 38 percent say they would rather have a candidate who supports those exceptions.

The survey also found that women don’t think for-profit-companies can have religious beliefs, and a majority of female voters think the current accommodations for religious groups under the Affordable Care Act are “acceptable and reasonable.”

This isn’t the first survey to show that Republican policies are alienating women. A poll conducted last week by Democracy Corps and the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund shows that women support Democrats over Republicans in states with contested Senate seats, and that Democrats can win those seats by focusing on issues that are important to women.

Republicans are going to have to figure out a way to show women they’re not so “out-of-touch” if they want to win their votes.

AFP Photo/Mark Wilson

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  • Siegfried Heydrich

    I really, seriously think that women are going to administer a severe drubbing to the GOP this election, and they’re totally under the radar. The GOP has a very dismissive and paternalistic attitude towards women, and don’t think they’re going to vote, as they’re far too busy getting their hair & nails done, shopping, or out slutting around. Silly girls just don’t understand all these complicated man things . . . Oh, boy . . .

    A LOT of women I’ve talked to have very interesting body language when discussing most of what the GOP is doing, and I’ll tell you right now that I really wouldn’t want to have as many women seriously mad at me as they are at the GOP. Right now, I think they’re smiling sweetly while planning to eviscerate some of these fools.

    • Lynette Huffstedtler

      Let us hope. I know I am.

    • Stuart

      Like in Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana. Why aren’t those old Confederate good-ol’-boy states a Republican lock for the Senate?

      • Siegfried Heydrich

        Testosterone poisoning isn’t in vogue any longer?

    • Dominick Vila

      The funny part of this issue is that the GOP is convinced that issues like this are consistent with their efforts to portray the party of greed, intolerance, and hatred, as a party that champions inclusiveness and protects the rights of all Americans. If the Hobby Lobby legal decision, which the right wing loves, is an example of respect for the rights of others, should we assume that the opposing political strategy would have been Islamic style female genital mutilation?

      • Siegfried Heydrich

        Mandatory chastity belts.

        • Dominick Vila

          As long as they have the keys. 🙂

    • Bill Thompson

      Make no mistake the GOP’s efforts are only possible due to apathy and the limited understanding of what the case actually represents. 70% of the people that I speak to, and mention the hobby lobby case results in a blank stare. The few that are even aware of the Supreme Court ruling truly believe the ruling protects their religious rights. The GOP strategy is very well though out and well executed. The use of the word religion allows them to play constituents like fiddles. Phrases and keywords keep the GOP in the headlines for example freedom, liberty, religion, patriots, are phrases that will be used in any communication. The average hard working stiff does not have the time or the desire after 8,10 or 12 hour day including commute to go and read about Hobby lobby. Public media and public communications in the form of newspapers and TV are censored and portray a corporate view of the world. The Democratic leadership, unfortunately is mute and without any strong voices. There is presently ammunition galore that could allow the Democrats to keep the Senate and gain seats in the house if only a well executed strategy was put forth by the Democrat leadership and committees. For the life of me I do not know what they are waiting for.

    • highpckts

      Well, as that one female politician said, the guys must simplify their language so we females can understand what they saying”! What a load of BS and that was from a woman!! God help us!!

      • ralphkr

        You must bear in mind, highpckts, that the female Republican politician was judging all women by her own limited intelligence. It goes with saying that her intelligence and understanding must be limited if she is supporting the Fascist Republican Party.

    • ORAXX

      I hope you’re right.

  • Daniel Jones

    Ladies, you’ve been warned all along about these assholes.
    Now do you see who the enemy is?

    • The enemy that continuously lies about near everything are called liberals. They twist and turn every fact to fit their agenda. One should never trust any politician, but with a liberal, you know everything is a lie. It’s just part of their DNA.

      • ralphkr

        An you, kenndeb, have just proven that you live an alternate universe where the lies that support the conservatives are the truth and that true facts are interpreted as liberal lies.

      • BillP

        So Liberals are liars but you speak the truth! How about the posting you made about Democrats being all of the mass shooters. The list you supplied was copied and pasted from an extreme right wing website. There was no provable facts that they were registered as Democrats, in fact one wasn’t even a US citizen so couldn’t be registered to vote. You and your ilk have constantly lied on this site. When faced we facts you run like a little cowardly child.

  • howa4x

    Well let’s see how many groups feel alienated from the GOP brand. We now have women who are disaffected, adding to the Latinos who are, coupled with the environmental movement, unions, with minorities always feeling that way. Even Asians are turning away. So the GOP is now made up of business interests, gun nuts, older white men, and religious fanatics with a sprinkling of racists thrown in for good measure, and of course anyone they can convince to vote against their own interests. Should be interesting to see if all those disaffected actually vote

    • Bill Thompson

      Religion is the key, when religion is invoked the teachings of your childhood are brought to the forefront and common sense and logic are dismissed.

      • howa4x

        totally agree

  • Meg

    How many people were in the poll. I am a woman and I didn’t vote. Don’t be too quick to speak as there will be more issues in Nov. than the Hobby Lobby case. Look at the issues at how our country has gone downhill and has just a short way to go before hitting bottom. Maybe you will like having all your freedoms taken away. I won’t.

    • edwardw69

      I haven’t lost any freedoms, let alone “all” of them. Shouldn’t you be over on the Washington Times site, clamoring for the assassination of the President?

      • Meg

        edward, I don’t clamor for assassination for anyone, let alone the president. If you don’t see how freedoms are going down the tubes, maybe you should study up on history. Also, I was expressing my opinion. I didn’t know that it wasn’t allowed on this site. Is that a new rule?

        • edwardw69

          I know of no rules for this site.
          “…freedoms going down the tubes….” What freedoms? Quit speaking in generalities. What freedoms have you lost?

          • edwardw69

            Where is Meg? Maybe she lost her right to reply?

        • edwardw69

          Uh, Meg? It’s been eight hours; where are you?
          EARTH TO MEG, COME IN, Please.

    • JO

      What freedom did you have 6 years ago that you do not have today?

      • Lynda Groom

        You’ll never receive a cogent answer to that question since none have actually been lost.

        • JO

          I know, I have never gotten a reply of any kind to that question. I just like to either make them think or explode.

    • highpckts

      NAME the freedoms you have lost, specifically!! NONE!!

  • elw

    As a woman I do not find this poll surprising. The GOP, most likely, will call it partisan and shrug their shoulders. The one thing they are very good at is pretending that everyone feel just like they do about everything. I can tell you from personal experience that their are many Conservative women out there who tell their husbands they voted Republican, when in truth they voted for the other guy. The over whelming number of women, of all colors, political party, and backgrounds use birth control. The GOP greatly underestimates the intelligence and power of women and their need to control what happens to their own body. They do that at their own risk. I would expect, as in the last several elections, the Republican will lose the women’s vote.

  • Lynda Groom

    Ladies it does not matter if you don’t exercise your franchise. Come November show up and vote, no matter how long you may have to stand in line.

  • ExRadioGuy15

    Let’s hope that Siegfried Heydrich’s thinking turns out to be true.
    I believe that women, especially GOP Progressive and Moderate women, don’t understand the political power that they have. One way to inform them of that is to remind them that women make up 55% of the eligible voters in this country. The second fact they should know is that the GOP are Fascist bastards. One of the 14 defining characteristics of Fascism (to all of which the GOP adhere, btw) is rampant sexism, where the Fascist regime is not only highly misogynistic, but also anti-abortion and severely homophobic.
    Why any sane and intelligent woman would vote for the GOP despite their blatant misogyny is beyond me….

  • mike

    Here are some of the questions/statements asked by Hart Research Assoc..
    It’s not fair for companies to provide coverage for men such as Viagra, but refuse to cover certain prescription birth control methods for women.

    It’s not fair for companies to provide birth control for men such as vasectomies, but refuse to cover certain prescription birth control methods for women.

    Women should not have to explain to employers their medical needs, like they go to their boss. Baloney!!

    Corporation should not be allowed to pick and choice which laws they obey…..

    Would love to see how the rest of the questions were constructed.

    PS: male birth control was never included in ACA.

    I know one of you genius will produce the rest of the questions. Would love to see the ones about 16 out of 20 contraceptives available and how participants answered.

    What isn’t affected by decision of SCOTUS
    Most birth control pills

  • Now, getting these women to vote will be the real trick won’t it? It’s not like they don’t know the stakes, but they need to understand that resisting a conservative & domineering husband, may mean the difference in gaining a better quality of health (life), gaining a better job, greater access to child care, cleaner air for her children & grand children & great grand children, as well as an increased, livable pension for her husband, even though he forbade her to vote Liberal/Progressive, but she does it anyway in order to save hers & her children’s health, her husbands mental health, w/a better pension & stable & increased Social Security benefits, better quality education for generations to come, all because she & 10’s of millions of other American Women decided to defy their husbands demands & instead of voting conservative, voting Liberal/Progressive, for the sake of a healthier, more prosperous, stable nation… & is the best reason to do so…