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Patch’s Poll: Are Women’s Issues The Deciding Factor in the 2012 Presidential Election?

While the economy continues to be a top factor, the debate over women’s reproductive rights is still driving much of the discussion in the election for the White House.

Analysts and pundits in the 2012 election season believe that the female vote will be a major factor in whether President Barack Obama will be reelected.

A new ABC poll shows Obama dipping in popularity among women voters, although he still holds an advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

A major part of the discussion has been the Republican and Democratic platform with regard to women’s reproductive rights. First Lady Michelle Obama made a pitch to women during her keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that her husband, "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care.”

But a counter argument from the Republican side has been more on how women’s rights are a distraction from the economy, which still is the driving issue.

“This war on women is absolutely phony,” said Pat Longo, an RNC delegate from Wilton told Patch last week. “It’s strictly to distract from issues of debt, deficit and spending.”

Do you think women’s health issues will be a deciding factor in this election, despite the economy downturn and factors such as the high unemployment rate? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Ed Ricciuti September 06, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Curious how the restrictions Republicans would impose upon women resemble those of a group that the right-wingnuts despise, Islamic fundamentalists. When the circle is completed, the extremes do meet, indeed. Curious how the conservatives who oppose government introducing itself into their lives would have government forcibly introduce an implement into a woman's body. And has anyone ever considered that a government that can outlaw abortion can also legislate mandatory abortion? Just the other side of the coin. Ed Ricciuti
sharon frimn September 08, 2012 at 01:49 AM
what does mitt romney the morman believe? God or allah?
sharon frimn September 08, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Has anyone noticed that back in 2008 Obama introduced the relaxed, "get to work" look with the no tie & rolled sleeves? This year romney and ryan copies it. Will someone please tell them it is not the "look" that matters but the caring for others in the heart.
Brigid September 08, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Christians and Muslims believe in the same God. Allah is another word for God. Mormons believe in the same God. How each group interprets the Bible (and additional readings from the Mormons and Muslims) can be quite different. Not sure what you are getting at here.
Ex Republican September 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM
PDY, with all respect, an honest and objective reading of both the Quran and the Bible reveals a significant clash between the the Christian God and the Muslim Allah both in terms of how to conceptualize God, as well as in their respective depictions of the behavior of deity. Allah says and does things that the God of the Bible did not and would not say or do. The Quran’s representation of the sovereignty of God (like Calvinism) contradicts the character of God by attributing actions to Him that are unlike deity.

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