Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Oct. 9 2012 1:55 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Mitt Romney.

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Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

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Today’s Good News for Romney: As Romney has bounced back in post-debate polls, one demographic has given him a big boost: women. A Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed Romney tied with Obama among female voters, 47-47. Just last month, Obama had an 18-point lead among female voters, with 56 percent of women supporting Obama and only 38 percent supporting Romney. But after the debate, Obama’s favorability rating among women dropped 9 points. In mid-September, 60 percent of women had a favorable opinion of Obama, and after the debate, only 51 percent did. During the same time, Romney’s favorability rating among women went up from 42 percent to 48 percent. Oddly, Romney gained support from female voters, even though neither candidate talked about women at all.

Kara Brandeisky is a Slate intern and student at Georgetown University

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