Santorum Gets More Votes from Women

April 2, 2012

Wintery Knight calls my attention to a very interesting fact:  Rick Santorum has more support from women voters than men voters.  Even the New York Times admits it:

He has handily carried the votes of women in primaries that he has won, including those in Mississippi and Alabama. And where he has lost, in Arizona, South Carolina and Illinois, he has enjoyed a higher level of support among women than men.

Why do I find this so interesting?  Because I had recently seen a headline claiming just the opposite, that Santorum had a problem with women voters.  I carelessly assumed that the mainstream news media were telling me the truth.  The more fool I.

Here are two examples of the (apparently many) reports that either stated or implied that Santorum had a woman-voter deficit:

The Washington Examiner (hat tip to the Weekly Standard) lists several other examples, and offers some analysis (along with the handy picture above):

All of these claims are rooted in bad math. For instance, here’s the NYT’s Andrew Rosenthal:

Polling in Arizona showed that Mitt Romney carried female voters by 17 percentage points. It was closer in the Michigan primary, 5 percentage points, but everything was closer in Michigan.

That last clause gives away the game: Santorum does poorly among women in states where he does poorly among all voters. In Arizona, “Romney carried female voters by 17 percentage points,” according to Rosenthal’s exit polls, but guess what — Romney carried all voters by 20 percentage points.

In other words, Santorum did better among women — by far — than among men, and this blogger concludes that Santorum has a woman problem. The truth is the opposite.

. . .

Of course, this doesn’t fit nicely into the media narrative of social conservatism, traditional values, and Catholic belief being some conspiracy against women, so it not only gets ignored — the truth gets inverted.

(link and emphasis in original)

A couple of other interesting quotes from that New York Times article:

“His ideas don’t infringe upon my rights at all,” said Lauren Deppe, 21, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “As far as birth control, my mom and I say you’ve got birth control right with you. It’s called abstinence.”

In fact, Mr. Santorum’s campaign theme of late, “Freedom,” resonates among conservative women . . . .

You don’t say.

“The main issue for me is that he’s strong and pro-life,” Ms. Klotz said. On the issue of abortion, she said, “We’re getting on God’s last nerve, hello! We can’t keep killing people in this country and getting away with this. God will have the last say.”

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2 Responses to “Santorum Gets More Votes from Women”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    I wonder if Ms. Klotz is pro-death penalty.


  2. Charles Manson had a lot of female fans too.


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