A new poll released today by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows that female voters nationally favor President Obama by ten points.
While the poll (see PDF) showed that President Obama was ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by five points overall, the gender gap between the two candidates increased to ten points. In individual states the difference was even higher. In Florida and Virginia, women voters favored President Obama over Governor Romney by 14 points. Ohio women voters favored President Obama by 16 points.
According to the poll 21, percent of voters overall were concerned about Governor Romney's positions on abortion, contraception, and gay marriage compared to 13 percent who were concerned about President Obama's positions.
The poll surveyed 900 registered voters by phone from September 12-16 and has a margin of error of 3 percent. Of the 900 surveyed, the poll indicated that 736 were likely voters.
Media Resources: NBC/Wall Street Journal 9/19/12; Rachel Maddow Show 9/19/12
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .