When you legislate women’s bodies, they won’t vote for you
Recently, we released a poll showing that nearly half of all voters would be less likely to vote for their member of congress if they supported the Blunt Amendment – which would have allowed employers to decide what kind of health care employees can have.
Today, Quinnipiac University confirmed voters’ displeasure with state legislatures that try to extend their reach into the gynecologist’s office. A poll in Virginia – the epicenter for state-proposed super-restrictive women’s health legislation – shows a 5-point down shift in Governor Bob “Transvaginal Probe” McDonnell’s approval rating since February 9. The Virginia State Legislature’s approval rating took a 19-point hit.
More than half of voters disagree with the state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasound women seeking an abortion must undergo 24-hours before the procedure. And nearly ¾ of all Virginia voters think government should not make laws which try to convince a woman seeking an abortion to change her mind.
The most interesting part of this poll is that women approve of Bob McDonnell 49-34, down from 54-25 percent last month. In 2008, 54% of voters in Virginia were women. In 2009 – the year Bob McDonnell was elected – 52% of voters were women and more than half of those women voted for Bob McDonnell.
Women vote. And women’s votes matter. And those women just said they don’t like what you’re doing, Virginia. Knock it off.