Based on this brand new poll by USA Today/Gallup, it appears that the Republicans’ relentless war on women is working out perfectly – for Democrats, that is! 🙂
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.
Smart women; now we just need men to come to the same conclusion (that voting Republican is dumb), and November could be a landslide of epic proportions. I mean, at this point, Republicans have managed to alienate the following major voting blocs in this country: 1) women (over 50% of the population and well over 50% of voters); 2) African Americans (over 12% of the population, and overwhelmingly in the Democratic column); 3) Hispanics/Latinos (16% of the population, although lower as a share of voters – but growing fast!); 4) Asian Americans (5% of the population); 5) religious minorities and, to an extent, Christian non-evangelicals (not sure the exact percentage, but it’s high); 6) young people, liberal suburban and urban whites, etc, etc.
Who’s left after you’ve alienated all those people? Well, there’s always the top 1%, Faux “News” zombies, Rush dittoheads, the Tea Partiers, the Birthers, the John Birchers, the Pat Robertson wing of the party, and…uhhhhh? Still, let’s remember that the Koch brothers and corporate America will pour huge amounts of money into misinforming, lying, obscuring, deflecting, etc. in 2012, and that this will convince a LOT of people to vote against their own interests. Which means we can’t take for granted that we’re going to win this thing, we have to work our butts off against the forces of reaction, ignorance, bigotry and fear, as has always been the case in human history, for every bit of progress we manage to wring out. That’s just the way life is, no sense whining about it, let’s just get on with fighting for what we know is right.