Despite Rosengate, Obama Still Leads Romney Among Women Voters
6:00 pm, April 16th | by Laura Donovan
You’d think the nationwide outcry over Rosengate — which entailed political consultant Hilary Rosen charging that Ann Romney had actually “never worked a day in her life — would give presidential hopeful Mitt Romney a noticeable boost, but the former Massachusetts governor is still behind President Barack Obama in a new CNN/ORC International poll.
The poll, which was conducted two days after the Rosen/Ann debacle that already feels centuries old, reveals that 52 percent of registered voters said they would vote for Obama if the election were held today, compared to 43 percent of participants who said they’d vote Romney in the same situation. The findings indicate that women voters support the current commander-in-chief over the two-time presidential contender by 16 points (55 percent-39 percent), which isn’t much lower than the 18-point lead among females in a CNN poll from the previous month.
While Romney supporters (perhaps Ann herself) might have hoped the bad situation would work out in the candidate’s favor, it doesn’t look like the scandal is going to do him any good. Daily Beast writer Mark McKinnon wrote this weekend that a candidate’s spouse definitely has a role in the competition, but is “just a small part of the equation,” so don’t expect the continuous reporting on Rosengate to benefit the Romney campaign.