President Obama continues to hold a clear lead over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney among women, according to the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Obama has recently focused heavily on women's issues, including access to contraception, equal pay and domestic violence prevention.
The President leads the former Massachusetts Governor 49 percent to 39 percent among women voters polled in the new survey. Obama is also viewed as better on women's issues, polling at 52 percent versus Romney's 32 percent on those concerns.
"President Barack Obama has a big lead among women and is seen as the candidate most in tune with their needs," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The gender gap remains."
Benefiting from his advantage among women, Obama holds a marginal lead over Romney among all voters.
If the election were held today, 46 percent of voters polled said they would back the President compared with 42 percent for Romney. However, independents are currently weighing on the side of Romney, favoring him at 46 percent to Obama's 39 percent.
Some pundits suggested that Obama could see a blow to his numbers among women after Democratic strategic Hilary Rosen criticized Ann Romney on her work experience last week. But Obama staffers hit back against Rosen, saying her comments were out of line.
The President's re-election campaign focused heavily on women's issues the past two weeks, celebrating Equal Pay Day on Tuesday by highlighting that women continue to make 77 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts.
Obama continued to rally for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would allow employees to more easily bring litigation against their employers for gender-based discrimination in wages.
The best bet for the Romney campaign might be to make his wife, Ann, more visible. She is widely seen among the press and pundits as the more relatable of the pair, lightening her husband's often stiff public appearances.
But the Quinnipiac poll found that 64 percent of voters said they didn't know enough about Ann Romney to form an opinion about her. First Lady Michelle Obama has a favorability rating at 60 percent, while Mrs. Romney's is at 25 percent.
by RTT Staff Writer
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