Women: Which issues will decide your vote?

I was reading an editorial recently that suggested that abortion rights and access to contraceptives should be vote changers for women. It made me wonder if those were the issues making up most women’s minds.

So which issues are most important to you this election year? Which issue will decide which candidate you choose?

Abortion

Access to contraception

Healthcare

Equal pay for equal work

Energy independence

Environment

Economic growth ideas

Taxes/tax cuts/breaks/increases

Defense/Foreign policy expertise

Education – money for, improving

Party affiliation

Personality of candidate

Race/religion of candidate

Wife/family of candidate

Others?

Do you think women base their votes on different things than men? Are there “women’s issues?”

70 comments Add your comment

Cynic

October 22nd, 2012
12:20 pm

I only support candidates who support freedom, the free market, personal liberties, civil liberties, the constitution, sound money, a common sense foreign policy based on defense, not empire building, and a long record of consistent support of these priciples. That’s why I continue to support Ron Paul and will not give my precious vote to the lesser of two evils or whatever Mr. Romney wishes to call himself these days.

Cynic

October 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

Every one of these issues is a women’s issue as women are negatively impacted by the destruction of the american republic as much as men are.

NavyWife

October 22nd, 2012
12:31 pm

Whew! This one’s almost too hot to handle, but I’ll give it a shot.

As a registered Republican, and a married woman of 28, I find it insulting that Democrats consistently assume that the only issues women voters care about are abortion rights and free contraception. There are many, many problems in this country right now that need to be addressed. To me, what’s most important is:
-getting this stagnant economy going, through tax cuts and incentives for employers to GROW
-making sure our military has the resources it needs to defend our country
-ensuring we are actively working to pay down our giant defecit and not burden future generations
-restoring America’s position in the world…we have lost footing these past few years and it shows in many areas
-reforming social security and Medicare. I’ve already accepted these programs will not be around by the time my husband and I retire, and that’s fine; we are self-reliant and are taking steps to ensure we will have a comfortable retirement and our own healthcare
-eliminating ObamaCare…there are some good points, but overall it’s a disastrous plan that’s going to hinder economic growth, employment, and the healthcare industry

I’m pro-life and personally wouldn’t have an abortion, but don’t believe they should be outlawed. However, I don’t think Anerican taxpayers or insurance companies should be footing the bill for anyone’s contraception. Not my responsibility, and there are many other places where that money could be more effectively spent.

This is why Obama is losing ground among women voters–because the Democrats have marginalized women by saying we are only concerned with abortion and free birth control. Wrong.

Sally Sue

October 22nd, 2012
12:44 pm

It depends entirely on how my husband wants me to vote.

Susan B. Anthony

October 22nd, 2012
12:47 pm

I’ll await for the response for the pious, pretentious suburbanite of Mother Jane Goose

Chaos

October 22nd, 2012
12:51 pm

Sammaches!!!!

Mayhem

October 22nd, 2012
1:01 pm

The current administration is rapidly ensuring I vote Republican!

jarvis

October 22nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Just asking the women TWG?
I feel as left out as a Christian cheerleader in Texas.

Abbie

October 22nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Immigration – As an immigrant who went through all the right channels and waited patiently for my visa, and green card, and citizenship (in that order), immigration should be addressed. There are too many illegal immigrants (from all countries) here, claiming benefits and being catered to.

Also why do I have to “press 1 for English”? Moving from Europe, English wasn’t my first language. But I studied and learned it. You don’t hear the option to press “2 pour le français” or any other foreign language.

Birth control and abortion are individual issues; you can’t cover all women with one umbrella in this case.

Techmom

October 22nd, 2012
1:38 pm

I still can’t believe we are [realistically] still a two-party system. Neither party really represents my opinion, and I’m sure the majority of ‘middle America’ feels the same way.

I have an opinion about women’s rights, abortion, equal pay and healthcare but the bottom line is that the economy is my highest priority right now. So I’ll support the candidate who I think can make a difference with the economy and fight for those other issues once he is elected (most likely on the local/state level where my opinion actually matters).

FCM

October 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

Concur with Navy Wife.

gtmom

October 22nd, 2012
1:50 pm

“I still can’t believe we are [realistically] still a two-party system. Neither party really represents my opinion, and I’m sure the majority of ‘middle America’ feels the same way.”

Exactly.
And neither will get my vote this time. I know that some say I should vote for the lessor of two evils but why? Since I live in GA, I know that Mitt will win no matter what. I will not vote for him or the other. I plan to show my disapproval but NOT voting less of two evils (which ever one that may be).

FCM

October 22nd, 2012
1:59 pm

ah, only 766,000 less working, still a great record, The number of American women who are unemployed was 766,000 individuals greater in May 2012 than in January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you can get people working, people will pay the bills, buy stuff and the other things come into play.

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology all parts of self-esteem must be built on physiological need (food. water, shelter, clothing) jobs provide those!!!

Momcat

October 22nd, 2012
2:09 pm

Navy wife… You said it so much better than I could. I am insulted the democrats think reproductive choices is at the top of the ticket. We have much bigger issues.

Mayhem

October 22nd, 2012
2:09 pm

To not vote is to give your voice to someone else.

Mayhem

October 22nd, 2012
2:10 pm

AND if you DON’T vote, you have NO right to complain about WHO is elected.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 22nd, 2012
2:19 pm

It is unconscionable that any American, male or female, would lend spiritual, satanic support to the entity Our Founder Thomas Jefferson identified as “the real Anti-Christ,” “an engine for enslaving mankind,” by voting for candidates of the party whose platform demands the law force impregnated victims of rape and incest to reward genetically their rapists by bringing full term and providing the biological fruit of abomination, regardless of the lies Romney or Ryan are willing to tell on the subject.

missnadine

October 22nd, 2012
2:24 pm

if you are against abortion, don’t have one.

a_mom

October 22nd, 2012
2:26 pm

NavyWife @ 12:31pm expressed my feelings almost to a T. I feel the spending is out of control and I’m very concerned that we’ll get to the point where we can’t recover. I fear for the debt that we’re leaving for our children. The only thing NavyWife left out was enforcement of illegal immigration. The costs associated with paying healthcare, education, food stamps, prisons, etc. is overwhelming and is putting many hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy. Not to mention that it rewards people who break the law to come here & makes the waiting time that much longer for those who apply to come here legally. I’m a married woman with two young kids and registered as a Democrat, but I’ll be voting for Romney.

Metro Coach

October 22nd, 2012
2:36 pm

Will Jones- abortion laws have exceptions for rape and incest. Surely you aren’t as big a bufoon as you seem to be. Unfortunately, you probably are.

Metro Coach

October 22nd, 2012
2:36 pm

Enter your comments here

Sally Sue

October 22nd, 2012
2:37 pm

a_mom,

My husband wants to know how you registered as a Democrat in Georgia.

Can you please explain it?

Metro Coach

October 22nd, 2012
2:37 pm

For all those talking about how they aren’t going to vote- if you don’t vote you have no right to complain, because you didn’t participate in the process. So either vote or shut it.

Judge Smails

October 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

I will vote for whomever will stop sending our tax money (actually borrowed money from China) to bolster third world countries. There is a reason they are third world and we cannot change that cutlure. Let them fend for themselves and let’s focus on what we CAN change!

NavyWife

October 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

A_mom, completely agree with you on immigration. Well said!

Laurie

October 22nd, 2012
3:00 pm

@Navywife, I understand that you don’t want to pay for my contraception or abortion, but I don’t want to pay for your breeding habits either (I assume you take that federal child tax credit on your return each year). These issues shouldn’t be on my list of concerns in 2012, but as the Republican party continues to pander to extremists’ views on the subject, I’m compelled to make this a top issue for getting my vote. Also, any candidate drinking the “corporations are people too” kool-aid definately will not get my vote.

Mayhem

October 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

@Laurie – why should anyone other than yourself pay for YOUR abortion? I didn’t get you pregnant, so why should I pay for your mistake/birth control with my tax dollars?

And you only get the child tax credit unit your child turns 18…..

catlady

October 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

1. Concern for others, you know, the least among us (health care, housing, education etc)
2. Protecting our world from ruin (environment, economic exploitation, war)
3. Using money and other resources wisely (economic policy, human resource and development policy, education policy)

Judge Smails

October 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

For example, I do not care if Sudanese women have access to family planning, but my government has spent $300 million in the last three years to promote that very cause. How does that affect me and my family?

Nor do I care about protecting the fishing rights of the Japanese vs. the Russians, but we spend millions a year on that very project.

I know I sound a little (OK a lot) xenophobic, but we will never solve all of the worlds problems, so let’s stop trying, OK?

Judge Smails

October 22nd, 2012
3:10 pm

@ Catlady- By the least of us, do you mean Americans?

Warrior Woman

October 22nd, 2012
3:16 pm

1. Economic growth ideas

2. Defense/Foreign policy expertise

3. Immigration

michelle-ditto

October 22nd, 2012
3:30 pm

1. Economic growth ideas

2. Defense/Foreign policy expertise

3. Immigration

jarvis

October 22nd, 2012
3:36 pm

By the way, who doesn’t “have access to contraception”?

Chaos

October 22nd, 2012
3:45 pm

I will gladly pay for non-pill more permanent based method of contraception if you are a current welfare recipient. Keeps you from simply having more kids in order to get more government support.

jarvis

October 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

As an FYI, 450 million condoms are sold each year in the US.

Jessica

October 22nd, 2012
3:49 pm

@ Navywife, I agree with you. I think our President should focus on making sure our nation is safe and prosperous. Considering the problems facing the United States right now, it’s petty and foolish to drag reproductive issues into the debate.

Personally, I think abortion, and many other social issues, should be regulated at the state level. Beliefs on these issues can vary widely from state to state, so why try to force a ‘one size fits all’ solution on the whole country? All that does is create more discord in our federal government. Overall, voters in Georgia have dramatically different views on such issues than voters in, say, New York. They shouldn’t be forced to live by the conservative values that prevail here, and we shouldn’t be forced to have a share in their shame.

jarvis

October 22nd, 2012
3:49 pm

@Chaos, I used to handle the financial side of my former employer’s medical insurance. I suggested that we cover vasectomies at 100%. The cost of all of the surgeries would be offset by cost of the first unwanted employee’s child.

JOD

October 22nd, 2012
3:59 pm

No, I don’t think there are “women’s issues.” There are issues, and there are priorities. I wouldn’t expect the priorities to be the same between all women, and the same for all men.

@Techmom – Wholeheartedly agree. Most people I know (and I include myself here) are social moderates (some are social liberals) and fiscal conservatives. The current 2 parties don’t fit the bill, so a viable 3rd party would be a wonderful thing.

sliderule

October 22nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Perhaps that should be “cost of the employee’s first unwanted child”. :)

Tiffany

October 22nd, 2012
4:14 pm

@JOD…of course there are women’s issues! Are you in charge of your own body, or is someone else?

DB

October 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

I want the government to stay the hell out of my personal life and personal decisions. I want a strong defense and support for economic growth. I don’t give a damn about social engineering, or any other “isms” that seem to have become talking points. The government shouldn’t regulate if I choose or not choose to have an abortion, use contraceptives, and frankly, I really wish they’d stay out of my healthcare choices, too. There is NO government bureaucracy that “works” well enough that I would trust my life to it. And abolish the Department of Education — all that money can be turned back to the states for educational uses.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about their wives, their religion, their race or their dogs. Give me someone who is strong enough to make decisive decisions that put this country’s economic well-being first and foremost, someone who understands how economics work, and someone who doesnt run around the world being an apologist for the United States of America.

Techmom

October 22nd, 2012
4:20 pm

I don’t understand why birth control would not be covered by a health care plan if pregnancy and child birth is; the pill/patch/shot/IUD certainly are cheaper than a pregnancy, same goes for a vasectomy like Jarvis said! (Are there really plans out there that don’t cover contraception?? All of my plans have.)

And as much as I don’t like handing out free anything, I’m with Chaos- if you’re on welfare, I’d be happy for my taxes to provide you with a tubal ligation or even an IUD at a minimum. I’m all for helping people get back on their feet, not providing them with a reason to continue having offspring they can’t afford.

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
4:29 pm

The amount of self-loathing a woman must have to vote for the GOP misogynists is truly sad. Why not vote for representatives who care about YOUR rights, Ladies? Love yourself, and others will love you. This martyr thing whereby you reward those who disrespect and punish women for being women — NOT attractive, and NOT smart. I taught my daughter to respect herself, and to recognize when she is being disrespected. I’m appalled at the number of her friends whose mothers failed them in that regard.

Evidently, GaBlue...

October 22nd, 2012
4:36 pm

…your mother failed to teach you how to have any economic common sense, and for that matter, any common sense, period…

Tired

October 22nd, 2012
4:42 pm

I have to protect my first-class citizenship as an American. I dream of someday having TWO pro-choice candidates, so I could actually make a decision. But until then, I simply can not vote for anyone who thinks they know more about my body, my ethics, and my future than I do.

Tired

October 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

Isn’t it odd how so many people want to impose tubal ligation on mothers who receive assistance, and NEVER talk about vasectomies for men who refuse to pay child support?

FCM

October 22nd, 2012
4:44 pm

@ Tiffany: Are you in charge of your own body, or is someone else?

THEN YOU take the steps to prevent the baby. And last I check there is a man involved too. Assuming that you are both adults in a relationship where are his rights? I realize the situation and show were fictional but for some reason your response has me seeing Ian and Chritina on “Grey’s Anatomy” and how he had to watch her abort her child b/c it was her body she made the rules.

You don’t want to have kids, then don’t. Get a tubligation, wear a condom, take the pill, or whatever but don’t expect ME to pay for it.

As far as the child tax credit that is a joke…there is SOOOOOOOOOOO much more parents pay out of pocket on their kids. Then of course there are personal damages when they break something in your house or wreck your car. But by all means get them to give you a similar credit for tying your tubes or buying your pills…then only those actively being responsible for SOMETHING will be getting the “break”.

FCM

October 22nd, 2012
4:45 pm

@ DB if you run on: “abolish the Department of Education — all that money can be turned back to the states for educational uses” Then I will campaign my @$$ off for you!

DB

October 22nd, 2012
4:46 pm

@GaBlue: I don’t vote with my vagina. I vote with my brain. And from I can tell, YOU are the only one name-calling women who may vote differently from you.

FCM

October 22nd, 2012
4:47 pm

@ Tired: vasectomies for men who refuse to pay child support?
I can support that cause too!