Sunday, August 24

:: Women Voters Non-Plussed by Biden

Its terribly early to be polling on the impact of the Biden Decision (BD), but one polling firm has taken a snapshot of the immediate reaction.  Shakesville shared data from Rasmussen this morning.  

39% Say Biden the Right Choice, Women Less Enthusiastic

On the day that Barack Obama announced Joe Biden as his running mate, 39% of voters said he made the right choice. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 25% disagreed and another 35% are not sure.

Women are notably less enthusiastic than men—33% of women say Biden was the right choice while 27% disagreed. Men, by a 46% to 24% margin, said that Obama made the right choice.

Biden is now viewed favorably by 48% of voters and unfavorably by 34%. Those figures reflect a slight improvement from Thursday night polling. He earns favorable reviews from 52% of men and 45% of women.

Just 16% of women have a Very Favorable opinion of Biden while 19% have a Very Unfavorable view.

Obama has struggled among older voters and that’s one area where Biden shines—60% of senior citizens have a favorable opinion of him.

Not surprisingly, Democrats were more supportive of Obama’s decision than anybody else—52% of those in his party agreed with his pick while 19% disagreed. However, just 43% of Democratic women said the presumptive nominee made the best pick while 23% disagreed.

Overall, 32% said the selection of Biden made them more likely to vote for Obama and an identical percentage said it made them less likely to do so. Among unaffiliated voters, 25% are more likely to vote for Obama while 33% had the opposite view.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) say Biden is ready to be President while 35% disagree.

Forty-three percent (43%) now say Biden is politically liberal and 33% say politically moderate. Those figures suggest that Biden is seen as a fairly typical Democrat—41% of Democrats say they are politically liberal and 38% consider themselves moderate.
Wouldn't we all like to know exactly what Rasmussen means when they write things like "33% of women"?  33% of which women?  Dems, or all parties?  RVs or LVs?  Well, you don't get to know because you don't pay their subscription fee.  Needless to say, this steams my tomatoes.

However, if someone who worked for the kind of entity that would foot the bill for this sort of thing would send me the crosstabs, or simply post them here....  well, they don't say "Sisterhood is Powerful" for nothing, Buffy.

But at least we know someone actually asked a group of women what they thought, instead of all the "women should" BS that's flying around.

Chitlins, please read (or skim) the following study:  Sour Grapes, Sweet Lemons and the Anticipatory Rationalization of the Status Quo.  It is directly relevant to this topic.  

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