Can Obama attract men voters?
The Kansas City Star
This question is driven by the fact that many people can’t seem to understand why a woman would vote for a ticket that’s so opposed to abortion and that - frankly - doesn’t appear to care that much about traditional women issues.
But all this wondering about women voters obscures this fact: It’s not the only big question to be asking.
Actually, Obama - even with a double-digit lead nationally among women voters - is only running neck and neck with his GOP opponent.
Because Romney has a double-digit lead among men, and that completely closes the gap he has with women vs. Obama.
Just one example: CNN’s latest poll shows Obama up on Romney by 12 percentage points among women - and Romney up by 11 percentage points on Obama with men.
So an equally good question for the national press to be asking is: Can Obama attract men voters?
Obama has tried, at least a little bit, to reach across that divide, especially with his talk about how the middle class needs to get a fair shake when it comes to taxes. So he’s trying to appeal to men who want the game played fair and square.
But these efforts pale in comparison to the story lines being told by Democratic supporters of Obama, who want the president to ramp up his appeal for the votes of U.S. women.
Meanwhile, Romney enjoys the traditional Republican advantage with white men, according to the polls.
And the GOP nominee is going to play up his own successes as a businessman, trying to woo voters who think that this kind of person needs to be in the White House. What kind? A winner on the field of big business.
The media can talk all they want about how Romney needs to win over the women vote, and it is certainly important.
But a lot more attention ought to be paid to whether Obama can win over the vote of men. If he can somehow do that, he has a much better shot of being re-elected.
If he fails, his presidency could go down, too.