New Poll of Women Voters Reveals Strong Concerns for Economic and National Security

For Immediate Release  

New Poll of Women Voters Reveals Strong Concerns for Economic and National Security 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today American Women Executive Director Kate Black issued the following statement on a new poll commissioned by American Women of women voters – who express strong preferences for policies and candidates that promote an economic agenda that supports women and families. 

“This new research is loud and clear: the number one concern for women is security – economic security for our families, our nation's security from terrorist threats, and personal security from gun violence. Women are ready to vote for leaders who will take a stand and support real action – like fighting for equal pay for equal work and strengthening gun safety laws to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists. Looking to November, women voters, especially young women and women of color, are demanding action on these issues and will vote for candidates who are right there with them.” 

The new poll is based on a national online survey of 800 registered voters, with an oversample of 200 self-identified independent women voters and independent women voters who have voted for both Republicans and Democratic candidates in the past, for a total sample size of 1,000 registered voters and 255 independent women, weighted to be representative of registered voters nationally.  The survey was conducted from August 19-25, 2016.

The survey is available here for download:


American Women seeks to strengthen American democracy by increasing public awareness of the issues impacting women and families. Through extensive research and polling, American Women increases awareness of the needs, values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of women with regard to the critical issues facing our nation. The goal of American Women is to create an environment where policy makers are advancing sound solutions that will benefit the lives of women and families. The voice of American Women works to shape the debate surrounding issues that matter to women and their families to ensure they are part of the public discourse. American Women is an affiliated organization of EMILY’s List, which has been doing research about the needs and views of women for nearly 20 years.

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