Much has been made of the gender gap that has President Obama favored by women but lagging among male voters. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama continues to hold a lead among women, particularly those without children.
Childless working women, 25 to 45 years old, favor Obama over Romney by a broad 20 points, 46% to 26%. The president’s advantage among all women was less than 9 points, 41.6% to Romney’s 33%.
Obama has been campaigning furiously to widen his standing with women, including with a stop this week in Colorado, where he was introduced at one appearance by Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown University student who gained attention this year campaigning for contraceptive coverage. In a Web video for Obama, actress Elizabeth Banks touts the value of Planned Parenthood for “working class ladies.”
Democrats have argued that restrictions on abortion rights and contraception coverage amount to a “war on women,” while Republicans say the most serious problems have been caused by the struggling economy overseen by Obama. The Reuters story accompanying the poll results notes countermeasures taken by Romney, including formation this week of a Women for Mitt Coalition headed up by the candidate’s popular wife, Ann.