Poll: Romney up, Obama down among women
May 14th, 2012
08:57 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Romney up, Obama down among women

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's support among registered voters who are women has grown and is slightly above President Barack Obama's, according to a poll released Monday.

The CBS News/New York Times poll shows Obama's support among female voters dropping five points over the last two months, from 49% to 44%. Romney is up 3 from 43% to 46% within that coveted demographic, according to the survey. The margin is still within the survey's sampling error, however.

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Prior polling, including a mid-April CNN/ORC International poll, showed Obama ahead among women, with the CNN survey giving the president a 16-point advantage. That survey took place in the wake of a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor saying Romney's wife had "never worked a day in her life."

Monday's numbers fall within the survey's sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Respondents were also skeptical of Obama's recent announcement that he supports same-sex marriage. A majority - 67% - said they believe the president made the announcement because of "political reasons," with 86% of Republicans and 70% of independents holding that view. Among Democrats, 48% believed he was motivated by "what is right" and 42% cited politics.

Only 8% of Republicans, 20% of independents and 24% of respondents overall believed Obama was motivated by doing "what is right."

The survey showed 42% of respondents believed same-sex marriages should be legal, and 51% said they should not.

The telephone poll was conducted between May 11 and 13 and included 615 adults, 562 of them registered voters.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. JustMe

    Excuse me but I find the accuracy of this poll hard to believe.

    May 14, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Dave, Central Illinois

    Thinking women are seeing Obama for what he is – a liar and a joke!

    May 14, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    Of whom do they ask these poll questions?! The real information here is that "the margin is within the sampling error." So, women in effect have NO preference for one or the other candidate.

    My guess is that if you call a bunch of Democrats, Obama will come out ahead, and if you happen to call a bunch of Republicans, Romney will. The polls will skew depending on who is home and willing to have their time interrupted by such questioning. This generally means you will talk to older voters who tend to be more conservative.

    Nonetheless, the tag line says it all: The margin is within the sampling error. NO ONE is ahead with the "coveted" women's vote.

    May 14, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Just J - Independent Voter

    No way.. Romney.. Its something about him that scares me. If he get elected in, I will sorry for us who are 55 an make less then $180 a year because we won't have parents to run home to. He has never show a soft side for the poor people. He would favor the rich and kick the poor folks in the poor house then fix it where the Government won't help us.
    Please folks, read between the lines. Obama is the lesser of two evils. This is another Bush in Black hair and a pocket full of money!

    May 14, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. mms55

    oh please! really?give me a break,no woman in her right mind is going to vote for a gop canidate.

    May 14, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Romney-da-Liar

    Ladies, ladies, ladies.. don't support a blatant liar.

    May 14, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |

    Romney will screw it up. He always does. Remember the polls in 2008

    May 14, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. TPF

    Obama's arrogance and poor lack of good judgement will cause him to lose in November.

    May 14, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Valentina

    Of course he is motivated by politics! Why else do you think he panders to a different group of people every week? This president is the greatest divider in the history of our nation.

    May 14, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    It's worth noting that this was a call back poll. They re-surveyed the same voters they called in April, and about a third of them were unavailable this time. Very different methodology than a random sample.

    May 14, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Ann

    it's the economy and we are not stupid!

    May 14, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. KMDM72

    I guess MSNBC is going accelerate their 'war on women' propaganda.

    May 14, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Former Obama supporter

    I hope Mitt wins and helps me become wealthy like he is. What is wrong with electing someone who wants the people to prosper? I really would rather that than going on food stamps like Obama (the food stamp President) encourages. Or maybe 99 weeks of unemployment insurance.

    May 14, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    How can you make such broad conclusions and remder them as headline news based on so few people polled. 615 people and you draw those conclusions.

    May 14, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Bob

    So obviously no one is paying attention to CNN's endless pro-Obama "War on Women" coverage...

    May 14, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. king

    I hope when these woman elect Romney, and Romney take the same austerity measures which guts the working class and send big international companies scurrying to China. I hope they will be contented, just the way they were contented voting in the rabid repubs Congress in 2010. I say this time and time again, there is no way Obama will win against the rich folks who controls the media and pick what and where propaganda is to be broad cast.

    May 14, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If there were many opinion polls that had at least 10,000 people polled that had all the same results, then I would start think that this would have some meaning. As far as I am concerned, this is a small blip on the radar. Romney hasn't made his point that women should support him while Obama hasn't driven enough women away to cause the dip.

    May 14, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. ngunther722

    I would say that the small sample size and the fact that compared to most polling, the data is an outlier, make this specific poll unworthy of a cnn.com article.

    May 14, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    The CBS News/New York Times poll shows Obama's support among female voters dropping five points over the last two months, from 49% to 44%.
    Could it be that female voters don't like being disrespected by Obama/ Biden 2012 and treated like single dimensional political pawns instead of equal and intelligent voters ?

    May 15, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. DoNotWorry

    I just saw another survey that said Obama was above Romney with women voters. How did they skew the figures to get such divergent results? Picking and choosing from slanted lists? Polls are paid for by the highest bidder and say whatever they want.

    May 15, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  21. Phil the Love

    Mitt wants a pack o wives to go with his pack o lies. Obama Rules

    May 15, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. usagoblue

    I dont know who you were polling but you are dead wrong. 1st off a poll of 600 people is nothing and i guarentee woman voters are far too smart to fall for all the bs. wait until election day when we re-elect our president for 4 moe years while also taking out the teabaggers

    May 15, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  23. maf

    Seriously??? 615 people???? Stop this ridiculous polling, your results are reaching at best . . .

    May 15, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. migeli

    How can anyone support a guy who can't remember he attacked and bullied a kid i high school.He's either a liar or too forgetful to be a president.He mistreats his dog,doesn't care about the poor and middleclass,likes to fire people and keeps his money in Switzerland.Vote for Romney at your own risk.

    May 15, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Sue

    And, if you go and look at the actual poll results.........The Independents are going to Romney, NOT Obama, by at "least" 10 points......And, Romney leads Obama overall in the poll 46% to 43%.

    May 15, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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