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Women Voters Reject Tea Party Candidates Paul, Cruz

Quinnipiac, 11/12-11/17

Florida, Republican Women:

  • Bush: 23
  • Rubio: 20
  • Christie: 17
  • Cruz: 9
  • Paul: 5
  • Ryan: 6

While Republicans worry how a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy would swing women voters in a 2016 general election, Tea Party candidates are strongly lacking in female support in their own male-only primary race. In a recent Florida poll that mirrors results around the country, not a single Tea Party candidate received more than 9 percent support from female respondents. Around the US, Tea Partiers strongly lag behind moderate candidates like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.

Among registered female Florida Republican voters, 23 percent prefer former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, 20 percent prefer Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and 17 percent prefer New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz received just 9 percent of the female vote and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul received just 5 percent.

Similar results can be seen nationally. In Colorado, 46 percent of women respondents said that Chris Christie would make a good president while just 32 percent said the same of Rand Paul and 25 percent said Ted Cruz would make a good president.

In another crucial swing state in North Carolina, 42 percent of female voters said they would vote for Chris Christie in a hypothetical matchup against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Meanwhile, just 38 percent said they would back Rand Paul against Hillary and just 34 percent said they would vote for Ted Cruz over Hillary.

In a national Quinnipiac poll, 39 percent of women voters said they would vote for Christie over Hillary. On the other hand, just 34 percent of women said they would vote for Paul over Hillary and a mere 31 percent said they would vote for Ted Cruz over Hillary.

In 2012, President Barack Obama earned 55 percent of the female vote and women represented the majority of all voters. Clearly, women are already shying away from Tea Partiers Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, both of whom have staunch anti-choice stances and voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in February. Certainly any Republican would be at a disadvantage against any Democrat with women, much less Hillary Clinton. There is clearly a lot less female push back against Chris Christie than against Paul or Cruz, however.

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  • disqus_utLl9eTYrT

    With all the anti-women legislation pushed by the GOP over the last few years, I don’t see how any female with half a brain would vote republican. Speaking of women with half a brain, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman just came to mind. I guess I just answered my own question. Never mind.

    • What “anti-women legislation” are you talking about?
      There isn’t any… theres a bunch of scare mongers frightening uninformed woman to run down to the polls before the bogeyman gets them.

  • redrover

    All I can say is the women that are so weak minded and cannot see what is at stake for our nation are part of the problem! ABORTION IS MURDER! You DO NOT have the right to be irresponsible with your body and kill an unborn child because it is in the way of your life….use birth control then!!! Murder is murder! Also look at ALL the issues that are before us…we have GOT to take back this nation for all the foundational and Constitutional reasons…and for heaven sake not another BUSH in the Whitehouse or another Clinton….are we not smarter than this???? I sincerely hope all of the women realize that we are as much a part of what happens as anyone! We must be smart, strong and look at what it means to be a patriotic American, a women of faith and what this nation MUST do or crumble to communism or worse, Islam! Forget your whining for a time and look to the larger picture as a whole…the leftist women, the so called women’s libbers are the bane that caused most of our problems in life for some time now….let’s show them we can be women and mothers, homemakers and own businesses too, with out being rottweiler’s and hags the likes of Pelosi, Hillary, Feinstein, Napolitano, Reno, Michelle O and so many others!!! Real women are so much more and greater than the horrible examples there are for the most part in politics today. Michelle Buchman and Sarah Palin are wonderful Godly, strong women that make sense instead of stick their foot in the mouth every chance they get! Looks and brains too- wah hoo! There is a BIG difference between class, common sense, uncommon taste, and education; verses siding with evil; no real clue of issues or the BIG picture or know the truth of matters that make or break our nation. So far I am basically ashamed of most of the women that have been in politics….it takes a stealing to be able to take the thrashing that the left throw, but hey, when you know you are right, a patriot knowing the lefters and enemies are so very wrong; it makes all the difference!! Good always triumphs over evil eventually…..but America has not got that much time to take all the evil things that are being done to take us down to the evil level of those in our Capitol now that are the majority! This is no time to try and trump up a women’s power to be president…it is time to look at how to best get this nation out of the horrible mess we are in and elect the best patriot candidate to re-build America!