Skip to comments.Why donít Republican women have a problem with Rick Santorum?
Posted on 03/20/2012 3:16:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Fix's Chris Cillizza marvels at Rick Santorum's increasing polling strength among Republican women, as measured by a new Washington Post/ABC News poll:
Judging from the coverage of Rick Santorums presidential campaign over the last few weeks, you might think that the former Pennsylvania Senators numbers would be cratering among women.
But you would be wrong. Way wrong.
In a new Washington Post-ABC poll, Santorums numbers among Republican and Republican-leaning women have soared over the past month. He now has the highest favorability rating among that group of any of the top-tier Republican presidential candidates. ...
The poll numbers reinforce findings from recent exit polls that suggest Santorum is holding steady if not strengthening among Republican women. In Alabama, Santorum beat former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by eight points among women; in Mississippi, Santorum took 35 percent among women to 32 percent for Romney.
Cillizza cites three theories for why Santorum has proved so popular with the fairer sex. One theory suggests his increased favorability rating among females is just the result of growing recognition of Santorum’s name, in general. Another suggests women find him a sympathetic figure because he has endured a relentless onslaught of attacks for his social views from the media. A third suggests that he’s successfully framed the key “women’s issue” of this election — the contraception mandate — as more about government encroachment on personal beliefs than about contraception itself.
None of these theories go far enough. Increased name recognition, for example, doesn’t explain why women like Santorum more than men do. The media theory discounts the truth that all the GOP candidates have been relentlessly vetted by the MSM. The third theory ignores that Santorum hasn’t always done a good job framing the contraception issue in terms of freedom.
So what is it? As a Republican woman who has liked Rick Santorum ever since I first read of his pro-life work as a senator (in an e-mail from a pro-life list-serv to which I was subscribed), I can at least speak for myself. I appreciate that Rick Santorum speaks up for the many women in this country who do have radically different views from the mainstream about what women are uniquely able to offer to society. For too long, feminists have pretended to speak for all of us — as though we are all eager to neuter ourselves, to obliterate gender difference, to deny our own fertility. When Santorum speaks about social issues, I hear in his voice a kind of awe at the mystery of womanhood that is sadly lacking among liberals. His awareness that women only can be mothers — and that mothering, whether physical or spiritual, is something every society needs — permeates his views about, for example, contraception and stay-at-home motherhood as one of the most important careers a woman can choose. Plenty of women never articulate their views about what it means to be a woman, but most of us sense innately that we are different from men and that, in that difference, there is also a complementarity. When we pretend to be like men to prove our equality, that complementarity is lost. When we embrace what makes us women — namely, our unique ability to give birth to the next generation (again, both physically and spiritually) — that complementarity is restored. Santorum encourages us to do just that — to embrace our womanhood.
It’s crazy, isn’t it? That a man has, in a way, become the first in a long time to speak up for the right of women to be women. While the rest of society tells us our fertility is a disease, Santorum tells us (and shows us by his own family) it’s our glory and our strength, our greatest source of influence. What woman wouldn’t like to hear that? We’re not just our fertility, of course, and not all women are able to physically have children, but I fail to see how the denial of a woman’s potential for physical and spiritual motherhood is at all empowering or uplifting.
Again, I speak only for myself here, but I’d be very surprised if many women, even if only subconsciously, aren’t drawn to Santorum as a candidate for the same reasons I am.
We’ll all have a problem with him if he wins, when obama steam-rolls over him in November.
Why dont Republican women have a problem with Willard Mitt Romney?
OK, but who of the other 3 candidates do better against Obama in the polls?
See here for instance:
I AM a conservative FIRST; however, I AM a Republican woman, AND I DO “HAVE A PROBLEM WITH RICK SANTORUM”!!!
Can you explain to us what your problem is with Santorum that Newt does not have?
All I can tell you is my two twenty something married with children daughters have trouble with him. And yes they are social conservatives and born again Christians. They ain’t voting for Ricky. We might even lose them to the other side. And they agree with him on the issues, they just can’t stand the way he talks about them. Truth.
I have trouble with him because he’s not well informed on the economy and issues facing the country. He’s not evil so he is a step better than Romney and Obama. But he is a socialist and want a nanny state with himself in charge of the rule making.
Yes, Gooooo Newt!
Well, not trying to speak for my daughters they just think he is a light weight and does not know how to speak to the heart of people about the issues he cares about. They even agree with him most of the time. Wierd.
Actually Sara, I would like to be in charge of everything. But my wife already told me know way. So there you go.
> Well all have a problem with him if he wins, when obama
> steam-rolls over him in November.
We don’t have a candidate that can beat 0bama0, the way things are today. I submit the only one who could have done so, despite his flaws, was Herman Cain.
Newt, though favored by most of the conservative base, is not liked by the Mushy Middle, and hated by 0bama0’s base.
Santorum will have trouble mobilizing the conservative base.
Romney is 0bama0 light, so the “independents” and mushy middle are less likely to vote for him.
Ron Paul ....
Well, I’ll just let that one hang there. The only thing he’s got going for him is that some of 0bama0’s base might actually vote for him, but that should worry conservatives, not motivate them.
> they are social conservatives and born again Christians.
> We might even lose them to the other side.
So, you’re telling me your born-again, Christian kids would consider voting for a rabid pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Marxist alien.
Given that piece of information, I would have to question the level of their commitment to Christ.
I like Santorum over Romney, Gingrich over Santorum, and Palin over everybody.
Just exactly how is it that Sen. Santorum talks about them. Do you mean they don’t like men who treat them with respect? They would prefer a man who lies to them and is trying to ruin this country, like Obama. That’s truly sad. I feel sorry for you.
Well... I ALSO HAVE “A PROBLEM” WITH MITT ROMNEY!!!
Could've easily been Newt, but Newt can't beat Obama if he can't beat Willard.
So its Santorum.
The alternatives are too ugly to contemplate.
Please allow me to “correct” my comments:
FIRST AND FOREMOST, I AM A CONSTITUTIONALIST.
That should explain WHY I support Newt over ANY of the other candidates...
People can see Rick is a good man by the way he treats his family. He has become more and more conservative over the years. Many of these women, like me, are very concerned about the culture war on our children. Freedoms being stripped by this president, the left. If we lose our kids to the lefts ideas and to the culture, we will have lost what is most important in life. Rick is the only candidate talking to this issue. There are times I can’t sleep wondering what the future will be like for our kids. The left has taken God out of schools, and look at the results. They have taken God out of the public square, wherever they can. Schools have replaced God with sex ed and gay ed. Kids are being socialized in school and being dumbed down. We need someone who will speak to the moral disease that is a cancer on this nation.
He’s anti-baby killing, he’s anti-pornography, he’s a devout family man who treats women with respect.
Hmm. I can see why women would be expected to hate him. < /sarc >
Well, I am sure life would be much better if your wife just listened to you. I know if my husband would just listen to everything I say, it would all be hunky dorey! ;)
Liberals want to use socialism to dictate the Marxist social doctrine to America. Santorum wants to use socialism to dictate “conservative values” to Americans. “Conservatives” who like Rick like his rules. Communists who love Obama like his rules. I would rather be free.
So it is a two man race—and the Newt folks can help Mitt Romney get the nomination all they want by bashing the only conservative who can win it all but thank God most of our women got some sense.
Santorum was my 3rd choice from the beginning and as things usually go, I’m damn happy he’s still in the race.
The type of women who would be turned off by the reportage on Santorum aren’t Republicans. But that’s also why most women aren’t Republicans. Most women are brainwashed into some degree of feminism at the colleges. And since they’re better students than men, the liberal brainwashing seems to stick in their heads more than it does men’s.
YES....GO NEWT !!!!....
I want a PRESIDENT who is bold, direct, makes changes that are unpopular (which ANY cut in govt. will be), secures our country better, and stands evil face to face. Newt CAN debate Obama and win in November 2012. Santorium and Mittens are too milk toast and not polished enough to be President of the USA and deal with leaders across the globe, imHo !!
I’m standing by your MAN....NEWT !!!
To the headline: why would they?
The way votes are being cast in this primary doesn’t necessarily suggest anything about how votes will be cast in the fall. Many people are voting for Mittsky because they’ve been told by the “right-wing” media that he’s “the only one who can beat Obama.” They’re voting strategically, or so they think. But voters in November don’t vote strategically, they vote their heart. If all our voters were voting for their heart, the primary would be a much better predictor of who will get votes in the general election. But since people are being sucked into the mass hysteria that EVERYONE can be a political scientist, they’re making stupid, meaningless, worthless and wrongheaded decisions.
At least Rick is faithful.
Santorum or Newt would at least make Obama deviate from his game plan.
So, you're OK with the current social condition of the country, which is the product of 60 years of leftwing government and judicial activism?
Or like me do you believe we could stand a little rolling back the clock before we decide the government should get the hell out of our private lives?
There are some things I don’t like about Santorum, but they have nothing to do with my being a woman. In this sentence, you could also substitute “Gingrich” or “Romney.” Republican women ought to reason like intelligent voters.
I cannot stand the Santorum bashers here on Free Republic!!
And I’m a Newt supporter, but not insane.
If Newt shows any signs of life, I’ll support him.
Not that it matters. I live in Texas and we’re voting way late.
I would not want a man like that in my life. ewww..
I am not okay with socialism. I am fine for politicans to debate social issues. Not fine to have the power to dictate. Get it?
“At least Rick is faithful.”
So is Jimmy Carter. Did that make him a better POTUS than divorced Reagan?
Xian neo-Pharisees; no better than the originals.
WEll, I am a woman and a Republican and I have a problem with Rick Santorum. But it has absolutely NOTHING to do with so called “womens” issues. I fought Santorum tooth and nail when he was in the Senate and co SPONSORED (not just supported but actually sponsored) a bill that would have put the Feds in charge of ALL pet breeding in this country. Luckily we won and subsequently we removed him from office. Just what core “conservative principal” does the Fed Govt being in charge of all pet breeding fall under??
I remember this fight. God Bless you.
He’s not perfect but no one is.
Given the choice between him asking for my vote and Romney telling me that I’ll vote for him, I’ll go with Santorum on “polite” alone.
No, not really. I have trouble with vague generalizations.
Maybe if you pointed me to some specific proposal Santorum has made that worry you.
I hear ya. Make no mistake. IF Santorum is the nominee I will vote for him. Basically I am ABO.
Are individual women that shallow? No, not that they'd admit or be consciously aware. But, preference among women for Presidential candidates over time does more than hint that as a group women evaluate candidates as they would evaluate a mate.
The phenomenon really came into its own with the election of JFK, and with the exception of Presidential elections wherein the incumbent was extremely unpopular, the trend holds. It arguably does even with unpopular incumbents.
Lesson, don't expect to win with a crabby old guy, especially a short one. Notable arrogance is also a sure loser, which dings both Romney and Gingrich. Paul is old and weird, to this reasoning.
Process of elimination - Santorum.
Try it with every Presidential election with which you're familiar enough to recall candidates other than the eventual nominee, let alone the actual election.
Well GingerC, you were partly right. But its always good to see the complete picture.
Rick is a social justice Catholic. He’s giving you hints that you are missing.
When he whines about birth control and gets himself all tied in a knot in the media, he could have avoided that if it was his instinct to denounce socialism - in this case socialized medicine.
When he tells America he’s not worried about unemployment why would that be his instinct? Socialists are always worried about the economy and want to make sure the government is not messing up job creation.
He is pro union and unions are not only socialist, they are international communists.
Rick’s main problem is that he is not a conservative thinker and leader is a follower of whoever is the leader of the GOP. No so with Newt.
Really? For starters, how do you reconcile Newt's long advocacy of energy cap & trade with conservative principles?
face it - both men are flawed candidates.
The telling difference is one currently has a much better chance of sparing us a Willard nomination and inevitable defeat in the fall.
It was not “long” and he denounced that position.
Has Santorum denounced the Union International communists? Bet the dummy does not even know the background and underground of who he empowers. Which is why he is a follower and not a leader.
So if Santorum denounced his alleged pro union lobbying you’d be oK with him as you are with Newt?
even more, I am thankful every day he is in this race to win....that we have a viable, true conservative candidate.
And he's winning against all odds....including the group at FR that feel so threatened by him.
Maybe women prefer a candidate whose main focus is on family and social issues. Who knows?
Groups arent monoliths. Im sure every woman who supports him has a reason, and there are probably many of them. Im sure those who dont are the same.