Ahead of Presidential Primaries, New Data Shows Unmarried – Republican and Democratic — Women Reject Misogyny from Candidates, Favor Policies that Help Women and Families

 ·  American Women, American Women

For Immediate Release                                             
January 28, 2016

Ahead of Presidential Primaries, New Data Shows Unmarried – Republican and Democratic — Women Reject Misogyny from Candidates, Favor Policies that Help Women and Families

Data published today in ELLE Magazine

Unmarried American women overwhelmingly would not vote for political candidates that use disparaging and inflammatory language about them, according to a new American Women national poll published today in partnership with ELLE Magazine.

Even if they generally support a candidate’s  policies, some 86 percent of single women would be unlikely to vote for candidates who referred to women as “fat pigs,” “dogs,” “slobs,” “disgusting animals,” and “bimbos.” Seventy-three percent of Republican women and 91 percent of Democratic women also felt this way.

The survey also revealed that the majority of unmarried women are more likely to support candidates who favor public policies that promote equal pay, provide paid family and medical leave, and make college affordable. Some 80 percent support equal pay for equal work, while 79 percent support lowering taxes on businesses and the middle class to create jobs. Meanwhile, 72 percent support requiring employers to provide paid family and medical leave, while 72 percent support allowing workers to earn paid sick days. The data also showed that 76 percent support increasing grants to make college more affordable.

“American women aren't going to support a candidate that doesn't respect women - either in their rhetoric or their agenda,” said Kate Black, executive director of American Women. “With presidential primaries approaching in the next few weeks, this data is a worthwhile reminder to all presidential candidates of the influence single women have in deciding elections, and that they want candidates to address their economic concerns as part of the policy agendas they set forth.”

Among unmarried women — a key voting bloc in 2016 — the favorability of presidential candidates varied, with 49 percent holding favorable views of Hillary Clinton versus 37 percent for Sanders. On the GOP side, some 21 percent of all single women have a favorable feeling toward Donald Trump, while 18 percent have the same feeling for Marco Rubio.

American Women thanks its coalition of progressive leaders and organizations who helped make this project possible, including Center for American Progress Action, Make it Work, National Women’s Law Center Action Fund, Voto Latino, Voter Participation Center, and PowerPAC.

Some 424 women, 186 of which were unmarried, were surveyed. A third of those surveyed were Republican, a third Democrat, and a third Independent. The survey was conducted in early December by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Additional findings of the survey can be found at: http://www.americanwomen.org/research/unmarried-women-and-the-2016-elections   

The full article can be found in ELLE’s March edition, on newsstands nationwide on February 16, and published today at: http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a33604/single-women-voting-bloc/

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