Skip to comments.The 2012 Campaign Through the Eyes of ‘Walmart Moms’
Posted on 06/09/2012 7:18:39 AM PDT by SMGFan
Forget Seamus, the Ryan budget or even the War on Women. Undecided female voters didnt even mention some of the 2012 cycles most-hyped news topics in a pair of focus groups on Wednesday evening.
Walmart sponsored the 90-minute focus groups, which were organized by a bipartisan team of pollsters: Margie Omero of Momentum Analysis and Alex Bratty of Public Opinion Strategies. Moderators questioned two groups of Walmart Moms self-described undecided voters who shop at the store at least one a month in Richmond, Va., and Las Vegas.
Its a surprisingly rare opportunity for inside-the-Beltway reporters to hear out undecided female voters at length. Even on the campaign trail, interviews often last a few minutes with the most quotable participants. Nonetheless, these women are exactly the fought-over voters for whom campaigns clamor in the final weeks of an election.
Here are a few takeaways from the questioning session:
1. Dont underestimate the power of the first familys image with female voters.
(Excerpt) Read more at atr.rollcall.com ...
The logic against the female vote actually makes sense - and I am a woman.
Maybe they should do a poll of the Tar-jay Mom’s. LOL
Where did they find these dumb broads? I read the article, and I can’t believe that most American women who shop at Wally World are this stupid.
Forget Seamus, the Ryan budget or even the War on Women.
What? How can we forget these important news stories?
1. Weren’t we all shocked, just shocked, that Romney put Seamus on top of the car in a kennel? That should convince us all to vote for Obama, because Obama is against putting dogs on top of cars.
2. Paul Ryan’s budget will throw Grandma off a cliff. The Democrat talking heads said so. So that should convince us all to vote for Obama, because Obama is against throwing Grandma off a cliff. Why, he even passed Obamacare to take care of Grandma!
3. In the war on women, the GOP wants to take away birth control. Only good Democrats such as Obama will make sure that women have birth control. And did you hear that Rush Limbaugh said something nasty about that girl? We should vote for Obama because Rush should not be so mean. And remember, good Democrats would never say anything so nasty. That was one of the lasting lessons of the Tucson shooting.
Per GOP protocol, run it's pale clone against it.
Maybe they grabbed a group from the first of the month shoppers?
Isn’t there a website with their pictures?
“Wally World are this stupid...”
I am an intelligent well read woman with a college degree and due to reduced circumstances find myself at the Wal Mart. It is a microcosm of America and “it ain’t pretty”.
My daughters and I try to make it funny by observing the clientele and have a mantra - “we Love you Waaal Mart, oh yes we do oh, and when we’re not shopping, we’re blue..”
You have to laugh so you don’t cry - see my post above -these have voting privileges!!
But I'm too terrified...there might be more of them out there.
Once long ago, I was in a barracks bull-session that turned political. So, I decided to mess with the minds of these beer-swilling, NASCAR-obsessed brother NCO’s of mine.
I put forth the question, “Which amendment to the Constitution has caused the most damage to America?”
One jackass said “The Second!” Another said the First. One said the Fourth.
I deadpanned to the group, “You’re all wrong. It’s the Nineteenth.”
You cannot believe the blank stares I got from the crowd; none of them knew the Constitution. So, I explained it:
“All of our problems in modern times can be traced to the day we gave women the right to vote.”
And there were silent, sage nods from the group.
Maybe they grabbed a group from the first of the month shoppers?
LOL! Could be; didn’t think of that.
I think the GOP should start emphasizing how many times Obama participates in leisure activities that don’t involve his family. Nothing in you face, but merely reporting that once again Obama hit the golf course for 18 holes of golf. Do this every time he sets foot on a golf course or a basketball course without his wife and kids. I think a lot of women are under the impression that he spends every weekend with his girls doing fun daddy daughter activities. The truth is... no involved dad would spend that much time away from his young daughters. The media covers for him and I am sick of hearing about what a great father he is because the media shows him occasionally taking them to a bookstore or ice cream shop.
This is a bunch of bullshit. I love how they make it appear as though not one single negative thing was said by anybody about obama. This was a campaign piece if ever I saw one.
Women enjoy being lied to.
The most glaring conclusion to come from that meeting is that these women will not make the effort to vote. Unless something changes to shake up the people, this with be a very poor turn out year. The GOP with Mitt O’lite isn’t going to shake anything up which is why they trotted him out.
I shop at Walmart occasionally and almost every single time I shop I am in line behind someone using their EBT/foodstamp card. Of course they are going to vote for Obama again since they see him as the one who “loads” their card up every month. He is their fantasy husband and fantasy father of their children. I know we can make fun of these stupid women but the GOP has got to start taking their vote serious and look at ways to open their eyes a bit to the real man who is vain and narcissistic and spends more time on a golf course than Tiger. Every time I hear from the GOP...”yes Obama is a great family man but his record shows that only 70 thousand jobs were created....blah blah blah” I cringe because I know that most of these women stop listening at “great family man” and think..”see even the other side knows what a great guy his is, so I am going to vote for him again because no dad that loves his family so dearly would let me down.” I am not suggesting that you outright attack him as a father but quit saying he is one every time you want to attack his actual record. It is like the GOP is trying to soften the blow of his record by gushing about how great of a dad he is and the only effect is that it gives these women the ok to vote again to give this nice guy more time to finish his great work.
“The logic against the female vote actually makes sense - and I am a woman.”
Agreed and I’m female too.
I don’t think taking away the women’s vote (not that it would even be possible) is the way to solve our problems. But I am starting to think we need to restrict the franchise.
I actually think only people who work and/or pay taxes should be able to vote.
OK, so..... I admit to shopping at Wal-Mart quite a bit. Not due to changed circumstances, due to being economically responsible. Jeez. And, the women (and men) I see are not disgusting, lazy or stupid. Unless, I am just one of those you all laugh at.
I am in total agreement with your statement..
The primary question I have about this focus group of WalMart Moms is exactly how many of there are on EBT, WICs, etc.
Any woman that places more emphasis on “what’s going on with the First Daughters” or “how many women our pResident is surrounded by” are grossly, grossly out of touch. Further, this “Romney put working people out of jobs” crap is just Democrat/Obama talking points.
My opinion is that these women are nowhere near representative of mothers who are part of a family that actually contributes to America by paying their fair share....Bogus focus results.
These moms are undecided in their vote for president. Most are going to be assessing what the candidates propose for improving the economy. In fact, when asked to choose between domestic, social, economic and foreign issues, the economy is by far the number one item on these moms checklist.
” I read the article, and I cant believe that most American women who shop at Wally World are this stupid.”
Ya gotta be kidding me? Have you looked at the pictures of the women of Wally World? Better yet. Go to your local Wally World and do some people gazing. Watch them in the check out line. The majority pay with their official food stamp debit card.
Yep, study needs a footnote to note when the Eagle flew with respect to the interview
“This is a bunch of bullshit. I love how they make it appear as though not one single negative thing was said by anybody about obama. This was a campaign piece if ever I saw one.”
Yes, I thought that too. And it was a pretty skimpy article too.
I suppose the full results will be reported elsewhere and that this piece is just a teaser.
A good example of why the Founders were wise enough to be selective in who had the right to vote and who did not.
This is a story about some women poorly qualified to make an informed decision but the lesson applies to all demographics.
There are intelligent, thoughtful people, total airheads and the borderline insane everywhere we look.
Let’s everyone stop with the mom-vote bashing. It’s pretty clear from the excuses and comments that these ‘Walmart moms’ are single black mothers who we know already are going to vote overwhelmingly for Obama—as are single black fathers.
Yeah.....they probably should have titled it “the welfare class” vote...
My son works at Wal-mart, so he does see the whole picture (and quite a bit of it is not pretty). I shop there, well, with him working there, nearly daily! I do it to get the best value for my dollar, most times, that and Amazon. But, the women picked for this interview are disappointing. Romney has good hair? Really? Obama cares for women because he is surrounded by them at home? Heartbreaking.
“Obama is against throwing Grandma off the cliff”
...but he will yank her feeding tube. It’s so much more compassionate.
What an astonishingly poorly written article.
I read all the way thru a article on this web site concerning Political Races. This ROLL CALL is a democrat bs web site. They list in the southwest US races they do not even mention the race in Debbie Wasserman ugly foul person race...When that is not mentioned at all I smell a rat a phony rat...This story is also bogus as the day is long...a democrat slip-in
Remember, these are undecided women who are only marginally involved in the political process, if at all.
I would expect something this insane from this group as they are completely disconnected from the process. I don’t know if they represent a large number of voters or not.
One of the questions I would have asked is whether they had actually voted in the last election as I suspect that most of them did not. They have no involvement in anything political.
Those welfare/EBT moms, cannot put 2 and 2 together.
Why do they shop at Wal-mart? Most likely, the prices are cheaper. Why are they cheaper? Because, Wal-mart imports a lot of their merchandize from overseas workers, who get paid a lot less than people who would do comparable work here at home. Why does Wal-mart import from overseas plants and overseas workers? Because, the (liberal) government those moms love so much, made it a lot more expensive to produce our own goods and services here at home.
So, those Wal-mart moms/shoppers, are helping Wal-mart to continue importing their goods from overseas, and that’s something that, Obama and the liberals continuously rail against, even though they force the Wal-marts of the world to send those jobs overseas. Ironic and hypocritical, those Walmart moms. But, like many here have already said, those women can’t be bothered to think, or to put 2 and 2 together. They’ll continue being EBT moms and welfare recipients as long as they continue voting for the likes of Obama and the liberals. Chances are that, their offspring will end up in the same situation. But, they’re not smart enough to know any better.
I mean, you can look at that statement alone and determine the sort of people they took the quotes from. These are lost voters anyway, you can't bring them back because they are drones, they don't have 2 working brain cells to rub together.
Funny, if they had interviewed my wife they wouldn't be able to publish half of what she said... she is fully aware of what obama is and what he is doing. Of course, she doesn't have much of anything good to say about romney either... and she won't step foot into a walmart; neither of us can stand the smell.
You have to look at the psychology of these women. How do we react when we see the Obamas on another expensive vacation with daughters in tow? Of course with disgust because we know it is costing us millions and they are grifters. How do the women in the study react? “Oh how fantastic that the hard working Obama finally gets a little time to relax with his adorable daughters and lovely wife.” One of these PAC just needs to start running commercials with montages of the Obamas vacations and Obama’s endless golf games. Eventually it will wake them up to the fact that “their” children are not on those vacations and Obama is not going to invite them along. You have to break the spell before they can actually start listening.
re: “I actually think only people who work and/or pay taxes should be able to vote.”
I empathize with your idea about restricting voting to people who are producers in our country. But, remember that many people get laid off, businesses goes bankrupt, personal tragedies happen (auto accidents, sickness, etc.) - all these people would have been in the workforce and paying taxes until these types of events happen.
If you lost your job tomorrow, should you be prevented from voting? Or, if you had some kind of debilitating illness and had been unemployed for several months while recovering - should you not be allowed to vote?
Maybe a case could be made for people who have NEVER worked or who haven’t paid taxes over a certain number of years - but, even that - you know how it would be portrayed in the media.
As I said, I like the sentiment, but I think it would be next to impossible, in this day and age, to ever get anything like that through congress, let alone signed by a president. But, I could be wrong if things get bad enough - who knows?
well-dressed Wal-Mart shopper!
To paraphrase Agent Smith, in "The Matrix," "..You know what disgusts me about your world? It's the smell. It's repulsive.."
rofl. I love that sentiment.
My wife says that letting women vote was a mistake. Regardless of being Liberated, they are wired to think in terms of being protected and having help with the children.As marriage becomes less common and less stable women look to government as the replacement of that institution.
Even Larry The Cable Guy makes frequent fun of WalMart shoppers.
>” And If a horse comes up lame midstream , what are you supposed to do? “
Per GOP protocol, run it’s pale clone against it.<
Run a self hobbled candidate like McCain, Doyl or Romney
Yeah, we know those photos are so representative of Wal-Mart shoppers. Jeez.
I am a conservative, in a conservative county. Yes, there are plenty of welfare moms in Wally World, but there are also many hardworking ladies(and men) trying to get the most for their dollar.
I resent being judged because I shop at Wal-Mart. It is clean and well-run and convenient.
As an aside, when I was laid off last year, I chose to stay home with my husband, so I guess I should not be voting?
Actually the Baraqqi Depression has squeezed a lot of folks out of WalMart and into Dollar General, Family Dollar, etc.
I think the seventeenth gives the nineteenth a good run for the money.