GOP losing ground with women, poll finds

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 3, 2013 

Republicans have problems wooing women.

A new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll released Thursday found 14 percent of women thought the GOP had moved closer to their views. One-third said Republicans had moved further away from their views. Forty-six percent found no changes.

The survey's analysis found "the results for the GOP are even more ominous among young women. Only 11 percent of women younger than 50 said the party had moved closer to them. In contrast, 29 percent said the GOP had moved further away."

The key reason women felt the party was drifting from them is that it was too conservative--59 percent mentioned that as a reason. One-third said they felt the party was moving away from them because it was not conservative enough.

The poll also found "the results were particularly sharp for college-educated white women—the type of suburban voters that campaigns typically vie heavily to win. Of those college-educated white women who said the Republican Party has moved further from them, 66 percent said it was because it had become too conservative."


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