A new USA Today/Gallup poll reports that abortion and contraception are two issues that continue to give President Obama a huge bump among female voters.
Almost 40 percent of female respondents said they believe abortion is the most important election issue for women — an answer that did not even register among men, who tended to rank jobs or the economy at the top — and those women who prioritized abortion also supported Obama over Mitt Romney by more than a 3–1 margin. Obama also clearly has an edge on his birth control policy among both male and female respondents, leading Romney by over 20 points on the issue that one third of female voters rank as “extremely important” to determining their vote:
The poll results confirm that the Obama Administration’s birth control policy — a provision under the health care reform law that requires employer-based insurance plans to offer contraception without a co-pay, helping to cut down on the inequitable gender-based distribution of health care costs — is popular among voters, despite the fact that some far-right religious conservatives continue to object to it as an alleged affront to their religious liberty. Over 100 plaintiffs have filed over 35 lawsuits against Obamacare’s birth control provision, which went into effect on August 1st, although several have already been dismissed because they cannot provide enough evidence of religious discrimination.