Every election year, the media focuses on who the swing voters who will turn the tide of the election. This year, the focus has been on the loosely-identified “independent voter” and now the New York Times just ran a piece identifying single women as another key demographic in this year’s presidential election.
“And though they lean Democratic — in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, single women favored Mr. Obama over his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, by 29 points — they are also fickle about casting their ballots, preoccupied with making ends meet and alienated from a political system they say is increasingly deaf to their concerns.”
According to the NYT article, Obama’s campaign has been stressing issues that are of particular importance to women, such as Planned Parenthood funding. The problem, however, is that single women have not been faring well economically in the past four years. While a majority of single women polled are not holding Obama responsible for their economic struggles, over half of the households with single parents at the helm received federal assistance.