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New PPP Poll Spells Trouble for Romney, Ryan with Women’s Vote

Monday, August 27, 2012

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2012
Contact: Molly Haigh, 907.750.1999, molly@fitzgibbonmedia.com; Rafael Noboa, 202.455.4673, raf@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

** See the full PPP Poll Results for Virginia: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.weareultraviolet.org/images/VirginiaResults.pdf

And Ohio:

Today, women’s advocacy group UltraViolet released a new poll from PPP exploring the result of the GOP’s recent rampage on women’s issues and the women’s vote. The results are not good for the Romney and Ryan ticket, showing real consequences with independent women and their election choices in the swing states of Virginia and Ohio.

Two key findings: 44% of women in Virginia, and 40% in Ohio are less likely to vote for a Romney/ Ryan ticket given the GOP platform’s opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest; and 41% of women in Virginia, and 39% in Ohio, are less likely to vote for the Romney/ Ryan ticket as a direct result of Ryan’s support of “forcible” rape language to further restrict access to abortion.

“Can Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win this election without women voting for them? They seem intent on finding out. Clearly, women do not want politicians interfering in their personal, family health care and family planning decisions, ” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet.

In terms of what the poll implies for the party as a whole after the election, one question was telling: 55% of women in Virginia and 56% in Ohio disagree with the new Republican Party platform plank barring Abortion in cases of rape and incest, including 59% of women registered as independents in Virginia, and 64% in Ohio.

“It is clear that it has become politically reckless to play with women’s rights for political gain. This poll shows that,” said Shauna Thomas, also a co-founder of UltraViolet.

**For more information, or to interview the co-founders of Ultraviolet, contact Molly Haigh at 907.750.1999 or molly@fitzgibbonmedia.com**