Women For Santorum?

Feb 24 2012 @ 3:03pm

Noreen Malone wraps her head around new data:

GOP_WomenThe new poll numbers suggest that some are attracted to the zeal of Santorum's pro-life platform, even with its inclusion of anti-contraception rhetoric, and that more pro-life women see those things as part of the consistent ethic of life than many analysts and  consultants might have suspected. It makes a certain kind of sense that these women aren't moderates on those issues. Women who are both committed Republicans and committed pro-lifers are already in the minority among their gender; feeling like an oppressed minority can help build fervor and heighten identification with that group and those views.

Jamelle Bouie is skeptical:

There is at least one reason to be suspicious of this result; the sample of Republican women in this poll—137 people, or 13 percent of all respondents—isn’t large, and the margin of error on the survey is ±9.5 percentage points. But even if we take the lower bound as the actual result, it still comes as a surprise to learn that, among Republicans at least, there isn’t much of a gender gap between the two candidates.