Romney problem: women voters
As the race for the Republican presidential nomination has unspooled, front-runner Mitt Romney has developed a problem that could be fatal if it persists into the autumn campaign: women voters.
That is the message of a new public opinion survey conducted in 12 swing states by USA Today and Gallup and reported in the Washington Post by the Morning Fix’s Chris Cilliza.
The poll shows that in 12 states, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin that President Obama leads the former Massachusetts governor by 51 to 42 percent.
A month ago, Romney held a two percentage point lead in these same dozen states.
The reason for the Obama bulge: the president is taking more than 60 percent of the female vote.
The USA Today/Gallup poll comes in the aftermath of a CNN survey released last week that shows Obama leading Romney 54 percent to 43 percent nationally, an improvement over the five-point lead the president had in a February poll.