According to a Republican-commissioned poll, the GOP has fallen largely out of favor with women, Politico reported.
The poll, “Republicans and WOmen Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities,” was conducted by GOP PACs American Action Network and the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS. The results showed that women felt the GOP was “intolerant,” lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in past.”
The report consisted of eight focus groups and polled 800 female registered voters to gauge their opinions on the Republican party and found that women are “barely receptive” to the party’s proposed policies. Women also said that the GOP “fail[ed] to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live.”
These opinions came from the 49 percent of women polled who looked unfavorably upon the GOP, compared to the 39 percent who looked unfavorably upon the Democratic party.
“The gender gap is hardly a new phenomenon, but nevertheless it’s important for conservatives to identify what policies best engage women, and our project found multiple opportunities,” said Dan Conston, American Action Network spokesman. “It’s no surprise that conservatives have more work to do with women.”
Conston tries to paint the results in a positive light, but the fact that there are “multiple opportunities” to improve the party’s engagement with women, and that it’s “no surprise” is alarming. It’s as if Conston is saying the GOP is actively aware that its policies are male-driven, misogynistic piles of drivel on paper, namely the Hobby Lobby decision.
A lot of the issues fervently addressed by the GOP are issues that dictate what rights a woman has with her own body; birth control and Hobby Lobby, and abortion. Overall, the GOP has systematically alienated itself from women, as well as gays and minorities.
They have constantly proven themselves as the “old, white guy” party, heralding out-dated policies while letting archaic religious fervor guide those policies. Republicans, indeed, have a lot of work ahead in order to mend their broken ties with American female voters.