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Rick Santorum Winning More Support From Republican Women [Romney 61%, Santorum 57%, Gingrich 37%]
Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2012 | Amy Gardner

Posted on 02/23/2012 9:33:59 PM PST by Steelfish

Rick Santorum Winning More Support From Republican Women

By Amy Gardner, February 23

Over the past several weeks, Republicans have watched squeamishly as presidential contender Rick Santorum has waded into multiple controversies that risk alienating half the 2012 electorate: women.

But in fact, Santorum has grown more popular among women while talking about his opposition to abortion, his disapproval of birth control and his view that the federal government shouldn’t pay for prenatal screenings. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows not only that Santorum is doing better among GOP women than he was a few weeks ago, but also that he is less unpopular — and also less well known — among Democratic and independent women than his Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Voters and political strategists alike say Santorum’s rise has less to do with his views on these issues than on his ability to relate to the daily struggles of the middle class.

Nonetheless, the former senator from Pennsylvania and the other Republican candidates remain largely untested by the dynamics of a general election in which independent and Democratic women are expected to play a deciding role.

All of the campaigns — and the White House — are paying close attention to this major voting bloc, exploring how women feel about hot-button social issues and economic matters. Santorum’s views on health issues do not appear to have hurt in the primary. Yet he and the other Republican candidates are acutely aware of the danger those issues could present this fall.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; gonude; gopope; moralabsolutes; ricksantorum; santorum
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1 posted on 02/23/2012 9:34:01 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

2 posted on 02/23/2012 9:37:03 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Steelfish

Move along folks...nothing to see here. Social Issues are bad for the party. The establishment says so.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 9:40:25 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Without the women demographic, no candidate is electable. Period.


4 posted on 02/23/2012 9:43:37 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Lazlo in PA

A Washington Post/ABC poll? Gosh,, we can trust THAT! They would NEVER have an agenda.


5 posted on 02/23/2012 9:45:47 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Steelfish

Saintorum is a big Gov weenie.


6 posted on 02/23/2012 9:50:00 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

Not this woman.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 9:52:24 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Steelfish; All

And without the Independent demographic, no candidate is electable either.


8 posted on 02/23/2012 9:53:30 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Steelfish

Unless my high school math from 40years ago is too rusty, that appears to be 155%.


9 posted on 02/23/2012 9:55:46 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Steelfish

An excellent summation of Saintorum happened last night.

He was grilled for voting to fund planned parenthood, but he ‘splianed it away saying, “Well I went out of my way to spend taxpayer dollars to offset that by funding abstinence programs”

Go away Rick, and get your hand our of my pocket to fund your Saintly BS.
This is not the business of Governance.

Stop pending our money for YOUR pet causes!


10 posted on 02/23/2012 9:57:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

Senator S. is an articulate, handsome, energetic, conservative, clean cut, nice guy, devoted family man type. Sure the crack heads and whores with myriads of ear piercings who contribute to Planned Parenthood won’t like him one bit, but most NORMAL American women (either those married, or those desirous of marriage and a man unlike Bill Clinton who will actually stick around and keep his zipper in the up position) I think will tend to get a good feeling about Rick and like him, more-so over any other candidate and despite the Government-Media Complex will tell them, like Pravda and Izvestiya, not to like him. And when it comes to BHO in the general, lets just say, a lotta women are gonna get the creeps over Obongo.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 9:58:57 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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He pledged our money away to fund abortions but he made it right by pledging our money away to fund abstinence programs

FURS!


12 posted on 02/23/2012 10:00:39 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish
1) Not, this woman.
2) The lying Washington post, okay.
3) Rick is another big government spender, I pass.
13 posted on 02/23/2012 10:02:30 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: All

I don’t like this guy.

I never have.


14 posted on 02/23/2012 10:03:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: irishtenor
Your problem is not the math, it's the comprehension.

They're not dividing the sum total. They're saying what percentage of the female vote each candidate would get were they the nominee.

15 posted on 02/23/2012 10:06:01 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: mylife

This analysis is strait out of the Romney-Paul playbook. -Go listen to Rush . In the sausage factory of legislation, you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Since $$s were going to be voted for Planned Parenthood, Santorum was fighting for equal dollar treatment for abstinence.


16 posted on 02/23/2012 10:06:10 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: mylife
—>>fund planned parenthood, but he ‘splianed it away saying, “Well I went out of my way to spend taxpayer dollars to offset that by funding abstinence programs”

No where at all was this even discussed. Very shocking that people can overlook this and defend this.

17 posted on 02/23/2012 10:06:25 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Steelfish

The guy is professional lawyer, weasel.

I don’t buy the Holier than Thou schtick.


18 posted on 02/23/2012 10:07:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Christie at the beach

He sucks


19 posted on 02/23/2012 10:08:45 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

I dont need a bureaucrat that spends my money in willy nilly ways to stroke his own ego.

I need a Representative that is responsible for the money he pledges from OUR pockets.

None of this stuff is the Business of the FED.


20 posted on 02/23/2012 10:13:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife; Christie at the beach; Lazlo in PA; American Constitutionalist

Gingrich suffers from very low support among women voters: Just before the FL primary, a Florida poll showed Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were neck and neck among male voters, but Romney was leading Gingrich by 19 points among women. This appears to be a permanent deficit even on a national basis that makes him un-electable to say nothing of the $1.6m FreddieMac albatross around his neck, and of establishing permanent moon based colonies at a time of $16T national debt.

Now, Obama is hinting that Gingrich is making phony-election year promises of buying gas at $2.50 gallon. Santorum, as Rush and Levin has said, is the last true standing conservative and most important, he is electable. In the recent Gallup he trails Obama by 8 points and all this, including the trifecta win, on a shoe-string budget. At this point its time to wake up and smell the coffee. its a two man race: Santorum and Romney.


21 posted on 02/23/2012 10:19:57 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Christie at the beach

I dont even know why we allow him spend our money based on cultural divides.

Thats the sort of **** Obama does

GTFO


22 posted on 02/23/2012 10:20:21 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

If thats the deal, we are screwed.


23 posted on 02/23/2012 10:21:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
I don’t like this guy. I never have.

Good thing your in a minority that is rapidly decreasing in numbers.

24 posted on 02/23/2012 10:22:03 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mylife

You’d rather have government insured FreddieMac hand out $1.6m to Gingrich the lobbyist. Oh, I forgot, it was for historical research.


25 posted on 02/23/2012 10:22:27 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Lazlo in PA

he cannot win a General election.
He is a weenie and he thinks he walks on water.


26 posted on 02/23/2012 10:24:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish; writer33

Wait, I thought they said no women would vote for Santorum? lol


27 posted on 02/23/2012 10:25:49 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish
Santorum, as Rush and Levin has said, is the last true standing conservative

I don't listen to Levin but Rush never said that. If anyone thinks Santorum is a conservative in the smaller government sense, they are full of crap.

28 posted on 02/23/2012 10:28:16 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: Steelfish

1.6 mil over 6 years, with a staff of I would guess 25 a raking aint in.

I would expect a contract like that to keep a dozen people employed for a year.

You got nothin on Newt


29 posted on 02/23/2012 10:29:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish
I wish these polls would go away. Polls are for strippers.
30 posted on 02/23/2012 10:31:25 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: mylife

I see you constantly melting down on Santorum threads on what a loser this guy is with absolutely nothing empirical to add.

Rick is still strong in the polls even though Milt is slamming him just as hard as Newt got it. He is actually pulling away in states that he isn’t even campaigning in yet. He has built a 30 point lead in his home state of PA when Newt is only 5 points ahead of him in his home state GA and Rick is beating Milt in his home state. He is moving up with women voters. Winning the old Reagan Rats, does better than all the others in exit polling with the Tea Party. You just don’t want to admit to yourself that a values guy with an economic message might be a winner.


31 posted on 02/23/2012 10:31:50 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Oh. That’s different. Never mind.


32 posted on 02/23/2012 10:31:59 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Steelfish

Well, I guess the Establishment GOP and Romney’s millions of negative ads had nothing to do with Florida. If it is a “permanent deficit” it is a contrived one. A contrived one that Santorum will also have to deal with.


33 posted on 02/23/2012 10:32:37 PM PST by berdie
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To: Lazlo in PA

I think he sucks in conservative circles let alone a general election.


34 posted on 02/23/2012 10:34:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
get a good feeling about Rick and like him, more-so

You just showed the type he draws - those with liberal leanings. INTO FEELINGS and LOOKS!! His supporters are so deceived - they look to see where the zipper is and if his hair is combed - to see if he is qualified to be president. And not one look at all his baggage!

You just can't make this stuff up - THE DESPERATION of some as they are hell bent to bring our country down.

35 posted on 02/23/2012 10:34:12 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Christie at the beach
I wish these polls would go away. Polls are for strippers.

But polls were just fantastic instruments of truth during Newts short stay at the top. Weren't they?

36 posted on 02/23/2012 10:35:42 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: upsdriver; mylife; Lazlo in PA; GeronL

You don’t believe me?

Here’s Rush in his own words. Take a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6iyrOEaEaM


37 posted on 02/23/2012 10:36:45 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: mylife

What Conservative Circles might that be?


38 posted on 02/23/2012 10:40:43 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Steelfish
-> Santorum, as Rush and Levin has said, is the last true standing conservative and most important, he is electable.

And Rush says he wasn't backing a certain candidate ha. No wonder many conservatives are disappointed, very confused and about to leave the primary process when they see persons we admire continue to throw out so much bull-crap for us to deal with. Who are they trying to convince. Rick is another Washington insider; big program spender. Like I said, Rush is saving his family values base (nothing more). He already said he would accept Romney, the socialized heath care liberal. yes, it's confusing though understandable why people cannot unite towards one conservative candidate. Some of the Rushbots do what he says to do; the independent thinkers are seeing it through reality and don't want to be forced with Mitt or Rick.

39 posted on 02/23/2012 10:42:49 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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I know a guy that fancy’s himself as a dyed in the wool Christian, and he loves some Santorum, but he loves prowling round chasing pussy even more. Walking talking conflictions.

I aint voting for hypocrite sanctimonious MOFOs no way.

Sorry.

At least Newt admits he is human, and he is way sharper intellectually.


40 posted on 02/23/2012 10:45:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Rick Perry was a values guy, but he got trashed.


41 posted on 02/23/2012 10:49:07 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

Rush is full of crap. He is saying that conservatism, properly explained, will win every time but just saying conservative things does not mean one governs as a conservative. I like Rush but when it comes to presidential politics, he’s a total flop. Rush is almost unlistenable during primary seasons.

Just what is Santorum’s fiscal plan that has all of you all jazzed up to vote for him? I NEVER hear him talk about it. He’s off on these silly church related stuff. I want a candidate that is pro-life. All he has to say is that he is pro-life. That’s it. Nothing more has to be said. Now, my question to the candidate is how are you going to turn this economy around? How are you going to reduce the size and scope of government? Do you have a plan to deal with the problems we face around the world? What is your energy plan? I’ll guarantee you one thing. If Romney, Santorum or Obama wins the election, things will continue to get worse.


42 posted on 02/23/2012 10:51:23 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: mylife; Christie at the beach

Why aren’t you folks rallying and partying over at the Newt threads celebrating how he is creaming Romney and really doing something productive in this election. Oh yeah. Because he isn’t. He is below Paul in the polls in some cases. Feel free to be the “Sour Grapes” patrol on Santorum threads. We pretty much know what your game is and it isn’t working. We are going to keep supporting our guy all the way to the WH.


43 posted on 02/23/2012 10:52:27 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mylife
Rick Perry was a values guy, but he got trashed.

Because Perry couldn't express himself with any coherence. He also ran a lazy and ineffectual campaign.

44 posted on 02/23/2012 10:54:54 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Christie at the beach

But its not just Rush (”Santorum is the last standing true conservative”) and Mark Levin who back Santorum, so do the Republican primary voters, and the general electorate, as well as leading conservative publications like Townhall; The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, and National Review, who have demanded Gingrich to immediately withdraw this futile will-o-the-wisp quest and stop enabling a Romney win. You folks need to wake up to reality. This is now a 2-man race. No one’s talking Gingrich anymore. Stuff like permanent moon-based colonies during a $1.6T national debt and $1.3T deficit, some 9% unemployment, pie-in-the-sky $2.50 gasoline, and some 6000 earmarks, mocking Reagan in private, just ain’t going to cut it and the voters are expressing their preferences with their feet, especially women voters.


45 posted on 02/23/2012 10:56:13 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Rush has lost touch and should retire soon. He doesn’t fight for conservatives anymore. His business is in perpetuating the problem so he can complain about it.

As for Saint Rick, he has no platform, and he is a hypocrite who doesn’t stand for what he claims to stand for. He’s an opportunist trying to get elected, that’s all. It’s for that reason that his platform is so tepid to begin with. His primary issue is himself. We need a candidate whose issue will be radically reforming this government.


46 posted on 02/23/2012 11:00:55 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Steelfish

Saint Rick made how how much working for hospitals he voted funds to? Unlike Newt, Saint Rick wants us to think he’s a saint... and so do you guys, for that matter.

If you guys are happy with what is basically a ordinary platform without any meaningful reform, vote Saint Rick. At least you can buy sweater vests that have been dunked in holy water from him.


47 posted on 02/23/2012 11:04:06 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Lazlo in PA

“I see you constantly melting down on Santorum threads on what a loser this guy is with absolutely nothing empirical to add.”

Considering you yourself can barely even follow along in a debate about political platforms without leading with insults and leaving with insults, you really shouldn’t talk. Did you ever figure out Santorum’s platform by the way? I can teach it to you again, if you want.


48 posted on 02/23/2012 11:07:01 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yeah, screw that record.


49 posted on 02/23/2012 11:07:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Take a look at the early debates,
Santorum sucked. he was petulant and crappy.


50 posted on 02/23/2012 11:09:46 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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