Surprise! There really is a war on women and more people know about it than the media and the GOP let on. What’s really shocking is just who knows about it. 54% of Independent voters and 46% of swing state voters agree that there is a war on women, while 67% of Black men and 63% of Hispanic women agree there is a war on women. In other words, the war on women isn’t a liberal or Democratic issue; it’s broader than that (nice try, Republicans).
In a new poll commissioned by Rad Campaign and conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, more Black men (67%) agree that there’s a war on women than any other race. Next up agreeing that there is a war on women are Hispanic women at 63%, Black women at 62%, White women at 47%, White men at 39% and Hispanic men at 33%.
They polled 1,000 likely voters and asked if respondents agreed or disagreed with this statement, “Lawmakers in Washington have been engaging in a War on Women, by taking away women’s rights to contraception, denying equal pay for equal work, and curbing a woman’s right to choose.”
More Liberal men (71%) agree there’s a War on Women than Liberal women (68%) (ladies, seriously? Check it out – proof of the war on women). What gave it away? Was it the women as livestock bill that Georgia passed (H.B. 954)? What gifts have the Republicans for you? Well, “this bill criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks, even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the fetus isn’t expected to live to term.” There are no exceptions for rape or incest. But then, “crime has consequences” and “legitimate rape” has a way to shut all of that down and “incest is rare”. Don’t be upset ladies, Rep. England can explain this all to you real slow like. See, “if farmers have to ‘deliver calves, dead or alive,’ then a woman carrying a dead fetus, or one not expected to survive, should have to carry it to term.” Because you are a cow and Republicans are the farmers or something.
54% of Independent women voters agree that there is a war on women. That’s not good for Republicans, but it’s also much lower than it should be given the reality of the situation. Did you know that in Arizona, you are always in a state of perpetual possible pregnancy now? Yes. H.B. 2036 declares women “pregnant” 2 weeks before conception. Fun, right?
Here are some more bad numbers for Republicans. 46% of voters in swing states and 37% of voters in base Republican states believe that there is a war on women. Sadly, only 51% of voters in base Democrat states, where facts should matter, believe there is a war on women. It should be much higher. What’s the problem, people– too busy to come out to the farm to say hello to us?
Women under the age of 45 are more likely to feel under attack at 55%, according to the poll. That makes sense given that reproductive rights impact that group more, and statistically violence against women occurs at higher rates against younger women.
The war on women is more than words. It’s comprised of historic levels of anti women legislation being proposed and passed by Republican lawmakers, taking aim at women’s rights to contraception, abortion, and equal pay for equal work but also refusing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
“It’s estimated that the House of Representatives wasted $249.6 million on the War on Women between January 2011 and July 2012,” said Rad Campaign’s co-founding partner Allyson Kapin. “The poll shows that people understand this is an attack on human rights, not just on women. With the election just days away, these numbers matter now more than ever.”
Republicans ran on jobs and then spent the last two years refusing to pass one single jobs bill, instead spending all of their time and your money taking freedom and liberty away from more than half of the population. There are women in jail right now for having a miscarriage, and yet these same men will tell you that we are fighting in the Middle East to protect women’s freedom — just another value they seem unable and unwilling to promote here at home.
Republicans dismiss the war on women as Democratic talking points, but they do so at their own peril.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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