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

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
4:55 pm

DB,

If your brain thinks somebody who wants to re-define rape for the purpose of making your medical decisions for you either (a) respects you, or (b) gives a single rat’s fuzzy about your economic condition, then bless your heart!

Cynic

October 22nd, 2012
4:56 pm

If you do vote you have no right to complain about who is elected. You have chosen to voluntarily participate in their clearly rigged game. You have voluntarily said “yes, I agree that this is the proper way to choose someone from the population who will use their nearly unlimited power to steal from society, tell society how they will live their lives, use their property, dispose of their wealth, what freedoms they will continue to enjoy, etc. To me, once you voluntarily take the side of the establishment in this game, you have no right to complain. In Serbia or some country close by, if enough people do not participate in the election, it is considered invalid. In this country, half of all eligible do not register, only half of registered vote, and the winner only gets barely more than 50% (some even less). That means that our presidents micromanage our lives with the endorcement of only 12.5% of the population. That is no way to run a constitutional republic. And statistically your vote absolutely does not count.

yamama

October 22nd, 2012
4:58 pm

I too agree with NavyWife. Plus the immigration- it needs to get under control.

As far as the abortion “issue”, how anyone could defend ending the LIFE of a precious child for your own mistake is beyond me. And yes, I understand the rape issue. I’m talking about in general. The laws tell us we can’t go to our neighbor’s house and shoot them dead, so why is killing an innocent baby any different? If you LAY in the bed, you need to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. Before the baby is born, and after. Don’t have a baby if you can’t take care of it.

But no worries, those needing them will get Obamaphones and he will take care of everything!!!!

non committal mind reader

October 22nd, 2012
5:22 pm

Im not a woman, so I won’t pretend to know what issues are important to women. I would just add:

Women work. Men work. We all need jobs. We all need to eat and pay for a roof over our heads. This comes BEFORE anything else. It is stupid to make an issue out of $10 a month for birth control when 23,000,000 are out of work.

If we solve nearly all of the other real issues , then we can nitpick over whether Obamacare should guarantee free birth control pills or allow abortions beyond XXX number of weeks. But let me put my male stamp on this issue: Abortion is not going away. There is virtually nothing happening in this arena, except to b*tch slap stupid politicians who make stupid statements. We are never going back to the days of slavery, and we are never going back to the days of illegal (or even seriously curtailed) abortion. As far as birth control goes: it is $10 a month. Why is this an issue? If you want the government (men) out of your bedroom, don’t ask for freebies to protect yourself from what goes on in there.

Scrivener

October 22nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Totally agree with Navy Wife. The economy is first along with national security. And anyone who thinks that anyone is going to make abortions illegal again is drinking the DNC Kool-aid.

Tiffany

October 22nd, 2012
6:01 pm

@FCM I am sorry but it IS my body and I should have the right to decide what I do with it.

homeschooler

October 22nd, 2012
6:07 pm

@ GaBlue. I have always had the upmost respect for myself as do all of my republican friends. In fact even my democratic friends who also have respect of themselves are now voting Romeny. Why? Because regardless of the issues, Barack Obama is a failure as the POTUS. He never was qualified and it shows. I’d much rather vote for a party that has high economic and moral standards than one that thinks I’m stupid enough to believe the BS that the current administration has been dishing out the past few weeks. The Benghazi disaster is only the latest in a long line of things that make me desperate to vote this administration out. I have great respect for myself as a woman, but more so, as an American. I teach my daughter to expect a man to treat her as the incredible person that she is but to take care of herself. That will include purchasing her own birth control as she get older and to not expect special treatment (i.e…paid maternity leave) just because she is a woman. I am teaching her how to run a small company and how important it is to vote for those who do not diminish the importance of the free market and small business. I am teaching her that she is more than just a woman. Her needs are important but so are the needs of all of those around her.
@ Laurie corporations are people too. My husband and I own a small business which is classified as a corporation. This IS our livelihood the same way your job is yours. A couple years ago one of our clients filed bankruptcy and failed to pay us 17,000.00 dollars. That directly impacted us and our family. Every law that the Obama administration has passed that is anti small business (and there are many) has affected us. We are not wealthy. Our company makes money but not enough that anyone would consider us rich. My accountant ( a bi-partisan black man) recently told me that this is the most anti free-market, anti private business administration he has ever seen in his 35 yrs of being a CPA.

To answer Theresa’s question, the economy, energy independence and foreign policy are at the top of my list. Any social issues are at the bottom. I’m largely pro-choice but I’d be shooting myself in the foot to vote for this administration based on that. I have to feed my children and I’m desperate to keep alive my husband’s business because I watched him build it (without the help of the government). I can’t afford to vote for the party that is anti-capitalism and pro-big government.

Wht you really fail to understand, Tiffany...

October 22nd, 2012
6:07 pm

…is that NO ONE really cares about your body but you, so you are just taking the party line if you continue to truly believe the dumocrat party line that the repubs are concerned with ANY females’ body…that is all rhetoric by the dumocrats and the current POTUS…

homeschooler

October 22nd, 2012
6:11 pm

*sorry, “utmost” respect

Observer

October 22nd, 2012
6:12 pm

Agree w/NavyWife and those who added comments about immigration.

Observer

October 22nd, 2012
6:16 pm

Homeschooler- excellent comments.

Janice

October 22nd, 2012
6:30 pm

for the life of me, i cannot understand why society seems to think that contraception is the woman’s responsibility.

i am pro-life. i have a friend who had several abortions until she decided to have a tubial done. insurance paid for abortions and tubal. that cost ultimately passed along to all plan members.

the feds are responsible for our protection, fixing this sickening economy and rebuilding the middle class. without the middle class repair, we are doomed.

stay out of my medicine cabinet, but fix things that an over 50 yr old woman can find a job after being laid off in july 2012. i’m so sick and tired of thanks but we’re going in different direction. then a month later i see the same job posted again cause i guess miss 20-something year old didn’t work out.

live like most americans live…..if you don’t have the money….DON’T SPENT IT. robbing peter to pay paul only works for a period of time and then paul is out of money.

Janice

October 22nd, 2012
6:33 pm

i also don’t understand the immigration deal. majority of americans, 2 or 4 generations ago were immigrants, but you know, they came into the country legally, worked hard and didn’t ask for handouts, only to be treated fairly. america was a land of opportunity and a haven from persecution.

i have no problem with people coming here legally, but to give amnesty to 800,000 illegals??? at expense to hard working americans?? i’m sick off the charity ride given to people. be legal and life is good.

kind of like life in general…..abide by laws, life is good. commit a crime, pay the price.

redandblack

October 22nd, 2012
7:56 pm

@ abbie — AMEN!!!!!! I can only imagine what a slap in the face it must feel like to you if you worked and waited and jumped thru all the hoops to come here LEGALLY and then just have to sit back and watch while the entire country bends over backwards to cater to the illegals and their every need and desire. It must be infuriating.

For me… education and public schools is a big issue. Too bad neither candidate is talking about it.

JOD

October 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

@Tiffany – I am. Period. FCM is right on. Why shouldn’t men share in the responsibilities that come along with procreation? It takes two to ‘tango’ so the results are the responsibility of both, hence they are issues. No qualifier needed.

As someone mentioned, let’s get the discussion out of the bedroom and take about the real issues our country and people are facing.

Kat

October 22nd, 2012
9:52 pm

The people that scare me are the ones who do not yet have an opinion and declare themselves to be “undecided.” Either you know after these past four years that you want to continue with Obama or you don’t. Simple enough. I think people just don’t want to admit their political affiliation.

scappy

October 22nd, 2012
11:19 pm

As a married woman, and a Democrat let me try to explain some things to Navywife and those like her:

“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:”

These are not the only things we care about, but they are important. If they were not important to BOTH sides and a vote grabber to BOTH sides, the politicians wouldn’t stress them so much, and BOTH sides do. And please stop repeating the Rush Lies about free contraception, insurance covering contraception is not free.

“-getting this stagnant economy going, through tax cuts and incentives for employers to GROW”
Pretty sure austerity and trickle down economics has been proven to not work both here and in Europe. You want the economy to grow – get the consumer to buy stuff. To buy stuff they need money and a job, which will not happen with magical tax cuts.

“-making sure our military has the resources it needs to defend our country”
Agree with you here and think most people do. (Although apparently not people who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes and hide money in off shore accounts – couldn’t help that dig on Romney)

“-ensuring we are actively working to pay down our giant defecit and not burden future generations”
sure, that is important too, although paying down debt while cutting all those taxes sure is wizard-y. again, best way to reduce the debt is decrease spending and increase taxes.

“-restoring America’s position in the world…we have lost footing these past few years and it shows in many areas”
We have lost footing in this area for the past 12 years at least, in my opinion it has gotten better in the last 4, not worse – but this is mostly a matter of opinion

“-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”
This is cannot be allowed. Reform is necessary in all aspects of government, but abolishing is not the answer. Social security and Medicare need to be kept. You really need to look at the bigger picture than just yourself. Do you want the majority of seniors living in poverty? Do you want more homeless? Do we want to be a nation that lets our seniors fade away and die like this? I don’t think so.

“-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 call BS. There are some very good points, that is why Romney crafted the thing in the first place! The whole thing has not even been implemented, yet everyone on the right already knows it is distrastrous! Again, BS. Healthcare is not an industry that can just be defined in simple supply and demand.

“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.”
Also agree, i would never have one, but that doesn’t mean for one minute I would make the decision for someone else, or that I think the government should make that decision. Again, Rush’s lies come out – none of your taxpayer money goes here anyway.

Lissa M.

October 23rd, 2012
12:21 am

Do you think for a second that while I was attending college that I thought BIG govt. should not only pay for my contraception, but force my employer to cover it? NO, I put my big girl panties on & got it MYSELF! How is that even the least bit relevant, when under Obama women have suffered immense job losses? Where are the JOBS???? Women don’t vote with their vagina! Do you vote for freedom or freebies? That’s the question… Romney/Ryan 2012

Mayhem

October 23rd, 2012
8:55 am

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DB

October 23rd, 2012
10:14 am

@Kat: Frankly, I don’t think there ARE that many “undecided’ voters. Pollsters are funny animals. Many times, if you tell a pollster “None of your business,” that answer gets recorded as “Undecided”, because “Unresponsive” makes the pollster sound ineffective in gathering information.

And frankly, I’m one of those “MYOB” folks. I get damned sick and tired of accusations of being a racist if I don’t agree with President Obama. Because, after all, the ONLY reason I might disagree with him is because he is black, right? Certainly not because I may disagree with social policies or have different opinions on the tax system, national defense and domestic spending . . . (sarcasm on:) Apparently, I am too stupid to have a reasoned, thoughtful opinion on anything more substantial than my birth control, and too short-sighted to even be able to consider an issue without factoring in the oh-so-important matter of the man’s skin color. (sarcasm off)

I will express my opinion where it counts — at the voting booth (and I’ve already voted, so there!)

To those who say they refuse to vote because they don’t like either candidate — ok, fine. But as far as I’m concerned, if you don’t vote, you lose your bitching rights for the next four years. ONE of those men are going to be President in a couple of weeks. Refusing to make a decision is sheer laziness.