Following a smashing first debate performance and an overall good month, a new Associated Press poll shows that Romney has essentially eliminated the 16 point lead Obama had over him among female voters. However, Romney has in turn, lost his lead among potential men voters, which is another indicator that the race continues to remain virtually tied between both candidates.
So what happened to the gender dynamics both candidates had been fighting for? Only voters can explain what caused them to change their minds. But it’s not only the demographics in which Romney is leading. The GOP presidential hopeful has gained grounds on a number of important fronts, including who is a better candidate to help the economy bounce back and who the voters believe better understands their problems.
As the elections draw closer, Romney is pressing less on the social issues and his conservative views over abortion rights and gay marriage and trying harder to divert attention toward issues that matter to everyone rather than a handful of groups. Nonetheless, when confronted with the social issues the Republican appears to take a more moderate position than the one he had been previously defending, and therefore, the polls show him pulling even with Obama on women voters.
Romney’s current pitch to women voters is that, health issues apart, what women care most about is to ensure that their families get a strong financial footing in the years to come, and the message appears to be gaining roots as well.
Just a month back 56 percent of the women believed that Obama was a more suitable candidate to recover the economy, compared to Romney’s 40 percent. Following the first presidential debate, 49 percent have shifted toward Romney and Obama is left with just 45 percent in support from the women voters. Similarly, 50-43 percent of the women believe Romney better understands their problems than Obama.
Female voters, who supported Obama in 2008, now think they should be giving Romney a chance. Ginny Lewis, a Democrat and 72-year-old retired district attorney from Princeton, Ky., says she'll vote for Romney because "I'm tired of the Republicans blaming all the debt on Democrats, so let them take over and see what they do.
An independent, Monica Jensen, a 55-year-old woman from Alaska says she’s ready for the change Romney-Ryan ticket is promising. "I want to see the economy go in a different direction."
Meanwhile, Obama has successfully gathered some support among men voters that largely remained a Romney advantage for the past couple of months and Romney’s 13 point lead is now down to a mere 5 points. The numbers are expected to change in either direction for both candidates as the Election Day draws closer.