Since taking control of so many state legislatures last year, the Republican party has been engaged in a fierce war on women’s rights. Rick Santorum’s attacks on contraception have only made it worse. But it looks like that strategy is backfiring big time, pushing women away in droves and making it more difficult for them to win in November. USA Today reports:
President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side.
In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.
The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney’s support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group…Republicans’ traditional strength among men “won’t be good enough if we’re losing women by nine points or 10 points,” says Sara Taylor Fagen, a Republican strategist and former political adviser to President George W. Bush. “The focus on contraception has not been a good one for us … and Republicans have unfairly taken on water on this issue.”
No, it’s been entirely fair. There have been literally dozens and dozens of bills submitted in state legislatures attacking reproductive rights, including several states considering legislation to medically rape any woman who seeks an abortion. The GOP is, absolutely fairly, getting hammered for it.