The War on Women meme has failed, as Mitt Romney has caught up with women voters, according to a new AP poll released today.
Romney holds 47 percent support from likely voters to Obama at 45 in the new survey, which is a better standing for the former governor than the previous AP poll last month, which had Obama leading 47-46 percent.
However, the big news is that, among women, the gender gap is closing. Romney is now even with women when pitted against Obama, with both candidates getting the support of 47 percent of women voters. That is a drastic turnabout from the last poll, which had Obama ahead with women 16 percent.
This is despite millions in advertising from the Obama campaign and pro-abortion groups attempting to paint Romney as anti-woman.
On the economy, Romney has gained as well. Women favor Romney over Obama on the economy by 49 to 45 percent. Last month, Obama had the edge, 56-40. Women say Obama understands their problems over Romney 50-43, but that is down from an Obama 58-36 edge last month.
AP released more information about the results of the poll:
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After a commanding first debate performance and a generally good month, Romney has gained ground with Americans on a number of important fronts, including their confidence in how he would handle the economy and their impressions of his ability to understand their problems.
At the same time, expectations that Obama will be re-elected have slipped: Half of voters now expect the president to win a second term, down from 55 percent a month earlier.
Monica Jensen, a 55-year-old independent from Mobile, Ala., says she voted for Obama in 2008 but will shift her vote to Romney this time, largely because of the economy.
“I’m ready for a change,” she said. “I want to see the economy go in a different direction.”
Ginny Lewis, a Democrat and 72-year-old retired district attorney from Princeton, Ky., says she’ll vote for Romney because “I’m tired of the Republicans blaming all the debt on Democrats, so let them take over and see what they do.”
The AP-GfK poll was taken before a remark by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock about abortion and rape that has drawn national attention. Democrats quickly seized on the comment, looking to link Romney with the pro-life candidate and attempting to paint him as anti-woman. Romney disagrees with the comments but he has endorsed Mourdock.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the incident was “a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican President Mitt Romney would feel that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care.”
The Associated Press-GfK poll was conducted Oct. 19-23 by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cellphone interviews with 1,186 adults nationwide, including 839 likely voters. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; for likely voters it is 4.2 points.