Independent women voters have massively shifted from Democrats toward Republicans in the race for Congress as a faltering economy becomes an ever-larger issue, according to a New York Times/Siena poll released Monday.
Republican candidates are now polling 18 points higher for independent women voters compared to September, when Democrats were favored by 14 points, reflecting a 32-point spread, the poll reported.
Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, many women identified with Democrats who ran on pro-choice platforms, yet the recent poll shows rising inflation and household costs are now key issues for women voters.
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One woman who recently identified as a Democrat, Robin Ackerman, told The New York Times that she switched stances due to Republicans being more business-oriented. “I’m shifting more towards Republican because I feel like they’re more geared towards business,” she said.
Ackerman disagrees with the overturning of Roe v. Wade “1000%,” yet it “doesn’t really have a lot to do with my decision. I’m more worried about other things,” she said.
Though women have shown a strong shift towards Republican candidates for Congress, the overall race is still close, reported the poll. That being said, Republican candidates hold the lead with 49% of likely voters saying they would vote for a Republican compared to 45% who said they will vote Democrat.
Overall, 45% of voters responded that they strongly disapprove of President Joe Biden and, of that group, 90% plan to back a Republican on Nov. 8, the poll reported.
The poll surveyed 792 likely voters from Oct. 9 to 12 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.