The numbers that jump out immediately from the new Quinnipiac/CBS/New York Times poll released Wednesday morning are the staggering advantages President Barack Obama holds with women over Mitt Romney. Most eye-popping are the 20-plus-point leads he holds in Ohio and Pennsylvania. 50-eight per cent of women choose Obama in Ohio, compared with 37 per cent for Romney. In Pennsylvania, the 59-35 margin is even greater. And a 7-point lead in Florida is significant, as well.
“The president’s strength among women is the dominant dynamic fueling his lead,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “It is this dynamic that argues for Romney to pick a female running mate.”
Romney has made a point of reaching out to women as soon as he basically secured the GOP nomination at the end of March. It started when Romney’s campaign went nuts over those Hilary Rosen comments about Mitt’s wife, Ann Romney.
But Romney’s problem with women remains a prevailing issue, if these polls tell any of the story. Similarly in Virginia, Obama is leading with women by almost 20 points, according to a Public Policy Polling survey in July. And in a CBS/New York Times national poll in July, Obama won women by 5 points.
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