Obama Loses Support After Month-Long Contraception Battle
Last week, Karen Tumulty had a story in the Washington Post about how the contraception battle is supposedly devastating Republican candidates. It includes such lines as "But many Republicans are beginning to wish they had never waded into what has become a heated conversation over contraception, who should have it and what it says about people who use it."
Yesterday, here at Ricochet, I pointed out this bizarre New York Times story which required eight reporters to find five women who say that they may not vote or, if they do, they may not vote Republican. It includes lines such as this "The sudden return of the 'culture wars' over the rights of women and their place in society has resulted, the women said, in a distinct change in mood in the past several weeks." Their place in society? Oh do simmer down, eight reporters for the New York Times. Check this paragraph out:
To what extent women feel alienated remains unclear: most interviews for this article were conducted from a randomly generated list of voters who had been surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, and their responses are anecdotal, not conclusive. But the latest comments from the Republican candidates and in the right-wing media, aimed at energizing the party’s conservative base, have been enraging to some women.
OK, so you know what you're supposed to think, if you read the Washington Post and the New York Times: those ladies with their lady parts are taking to their fainting couches over the GOP's war on women. And women don't care about religious liberty or any other issue, like jobs, the economy, gas prices, etc. They're really motivated solely by hyped up stories about contraception.
So how devastated are the Republican candidates? How much of a bump is President Obama seeing in these polls?
Well, funny you should ask. The Washington Post has a new poll out that shows President Obama is losing support from both men and women.
And the New York Times just released a poll showing declining support for Obama:
At a time of rising gas prices, heightened talk of war with Iran and setbacks in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama’s approval rating dropped substantially in recent weeks, the poll found, with 41 percent of respondents expressing approval of the job he is doing and 47 percent saying they disapprove — a dangerous position for any incumbent seeking re-election.
Their story includes the line that Obama:
lost some support among women over the past month, even as the debate raged over birth control insurance coverage.
But how could that be?