November 14, 2012

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List 2012: Research into Women Voters Shows Clear Rejection of GOP Agenda, Support for Democratic Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List unveiled the results of new polling conducted after the 2012 election by Grove Insight. The research shows clearly that women voters not only rejected the Republican agenda, they were motivated to vote for Democratic women and they believe the historic numbers of Democratic women will make a difference in Washington.

“2012 was a sea change election for women – and today’s research confirms what EMILY’s List has been hearing across the country this election cycle,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock “Women understood the GOP agenda – and the harm it would do to their rights and freedoms – and they rejected it. But that wasn’t all. Women also sent a group of people to Washington who they felt good about supporting. Women voters believe in the Democratic women they voted for this year – they believe they have the right priorities and they believe they’ll make a difference.”

Women understand that what happened last Tuesday could have lasting positive impact for Congress and the country.

  • When we told respondents that an historic number of Democratic women had been elected, 56% thought that would make a positive difference in Congress’ priorities. Only 8 felt the opposite.

This was not a one issue election – our research showed the economic issues mattered just as much to women voters as social issues. 

Women thought the following were very important or among the most important issues:

  • Supporting laws to ensure women can get equal pay for equal work: 78%
  • Protecting Medicare for seniors: 80%
  • Building an economy that works for the middle class: 87%

And while women understood – and rejected – all aspects of the GOP agenda, we found that they were even more motivated to vote for a candidate.

  • 76% of the women we polled reported voting for a candidate, only 16% said they’d voted against one

More than any one issue, women were excited to vote for the candidate they thought had the right priorities.

  • 89% of the women we polled rated “focused on the right priorities” as very important
  • 86% thought it was very important to vote for “someone you could trust.”

Out of the problems we tested with the candidates they’d voted against, women were most concerned about taking America “back to the failed policies of the past.” The top three responses were:

  • Would take our country back to the failed policies of the past 24%
  • Too willing to back policies that will lead to more debt 17%
  • Wrong approach on health care, and wrong priorities 14%

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List endorsed an impressive number of candidates, worked to elect three pro-choice Democratic women to the House in special elections, and helped 11 House candidates, one Senate candidate, and one gubernatorial candidate make it through competitive primaries. With a community that has more than quadrupled since 2010 – now more than 2,000,000 members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 87 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 16 to the Senate, nine governors, and over five hundred of women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history, and raised an impressive $51.2 million dollars. 

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