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Women Reject the Ryan-Romney Budget, Republican Candidates Hurt By Deeply Unpopular Budget Proposals

August 13, 2012
 

For Immediate Release

Women Reject the Ryan-Romney Budget, Republican Candidates Hurt By Deeply Unpopular Budget Proposals

WASHINGTON D.C. – The 2012 Presidential election will hinge on the votes of independent women in battleground states, and data from EMILY’s List’s Women’s Monitor research shows the Ryan-Romney budget and policies are a major problem for this critical group.

“Ending Medicare as we know it would devastate women across America,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “But Mitt Romney has decided to double down on this terrifying plan by choosing its architect as his running mate. President Obama has dramatically improved access to health care for women in America. But from cradle to grave, Ryan and Romney are trying to make it harder for women to take care of themselves and their families. The women voters they’re hoping to win over in November are paying attention. They know they have a clear choice and they know which side is committed to fighting for them – that’s why they’ll reject the Republican agenda up and down the ticket and support the Democrats who have the right priorities.”

From Medicare, to Social Security, to Pell Grants, EMILY’s List research shows that women reject the Republican plans to trash these vital programs, as the Ryan-Romney budget and other GOP proposals would do.

The following statements were posed to independent women in battleground states:

  • Republicans have proposed reducing Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, and even endorsed a plan to make deep cuts to Medicare—raising costs for seniors across America by replacing Medicare with a voucher program. Meanwhile, they support giving huge tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations.
    • 65% of independent women found this a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.
  • Republicans have proposed a budget plan that would make drastic cuts to important programs that millions of women rely on. It would mean deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare—increasing healthcare costs for low-income and senior women…It would require women to have to pay more for preventative care, like mammograms and cancer screenings, and make yet more cuts to education and low-income housing—services that are vital in ensuring many young mothers are able to make ends meet.
  • 69% of independent women found this a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.
  • 70% of independent women found this a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.
  • 70% of independent women found this a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.
  • Republicans continue to defend a broken system where big corporations and the rich game the system at our expense.  Their plan would cut taxes by $250 thousand dollars for those who earn over a million dollars a year, and actually raise taxes for millions of families with kids who make less than $40 thousand dollars a year.
  • Republicans proposed such deep cuts to education that over one million students would lose college loans and over ten million college students would see their Pell Grants cut. In these days of global competition, college cannot be a luxury but something that every family in America must be able to afford.

These findings were the result of telephone surveys conducted by professional interviewers that reached out to 950 likely independent female voters across 13 EMILY’s List battleground states:  Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. The poll was conducted June 6-11, 2012, and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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