September 28th, 2010
04:52 PM ET

Why would white women desert Democrats?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

More bad news for Democrats. As if they don't have enough problems these days, The Daily Beast reports white women are now deserting the Democratic Party in droves.
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Exclusive polling data from Gallup shows enthusiasm among all women is down, but white women are the least enthusiastic of all the major demographic groups.

Only 27 percent of white female registered voters say they're excited about the midterms. That compares to 36 percent of black men and women and 40 percent of white men.

Another Gallup Poll from earlier this summer showed that Republican women are the most enthusiastic of registered female voters. It's Independent women and Democratic women who aren't too psyched about the upcoming elections.

The Daily Beast article suggests that the so-called PUMAs may finally be leaving the Democratic party for good. These are the white women voters whose motto was "Party Unity My Ass" during the primaries.

At the time, they were so unhappy with Hillary Clinton's loss to Barack Obama that they were supposedly going to vote for John McCain in 2008. Turns out they didn't, but only time will tell what these women will do next.

The Daily Beast article suggests Democrats still have a last-ditch chance to attract white female voters by focusing on issues that matter more to women - like health care for children.

And, pollsters point out that although Democrats may be losing white women, they aren't necessarily headed into the Republican column. They may just stay home on election day.

Here’s my question to you: Why would white women be deserting the Democratic Party?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kathryn in St. Louis writes:
Well, I for one am so disenfranchised with the Democratic Congress and Senate. The minute the Democrats bent over for Republicans during the health care debate did it for me. Any woman who supported this health care bill, with the 'abortion' issue butchered out of it, I was disgusted. And once the public option was so easily dismissed, I excommunicated myself as a Democrat. I am a liberal, but not a Democrat.

Rebecca writes:
Because women are the core of their households; they figure out budgets, nutrition, health. I know what I can't spend because we don't have it. And the way they have been spending in Washington has broken our backs. The economy has to be one of the main and most important reasons for deserting the party.

Brian in Baton Rouge, Louisiana writes:
For the same reason that EVERYONE is leaving the Democratic Party. People are disappointed that Mr. Change has pandered to the Republicans, who won't even meet him part-way, and ignored his Democratic base. Even though he talks a good game, for the most part, his policies are just a continuation of Bush's.

Renee in Peoria, Illinois writes:
I'm a white woman who voted for Obama. My biggest beef with the president is he didn't fight hard enough for a BETTER health care bill (i.e. single payer, public option). But I know we won't get it from the Republicans so I'm not ready to desert him. I'd just like him to follow through on his campaign promises. Is that really too much to ask?

Diana writes:
It's the economy, stupid! We all have a husband, a son, daughter, brother, sister, father or mother who is unemployed or underemployed. Our health insurance premiums and co-payments are skyrocketing, not to mention increased taxes on the local, county and state levels. We're drowning, where is the hope and change we voted for?

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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Fred R DeLeon Sr

    Jack, one more great question from you !!! You know the answer, but of course you only want to be sure that you are right. So consequently white men will follow. Democratic Party has become THE PARTY OF

    Indianapolis IN

    September 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  2. Russ , Johnston IA

    Any American individual with an American desire for freedom & liberty and a healthy 'stay out of my business' attitude toward the Federal govt. is running from this socialist-leaning, 'we know best so we'll control it for ya' group of radical re-treads from the Princeton progressives think tank. Obama does not want to FIX our economy – he is anti-capitalist and wants to CHANGE our economy. So do many other Democrats in Washington.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  3. Dennis north Carolina

    White women will not desert the party that fought for their rights with blood sweat and tears.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  4. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Because they think Hillary won't be getting a shot again. It's not about political ideology to them it's all about gender. When you look at the Tea party and the GOP there are crazy women all over the place. I would name some of them but just thinking about it makes my skin crawl.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  5. Janne from NC

    As a woman I can tell you it has nothing to do with race. Obama promised a changed Washington, he has delivered nothing. And like the children we woman deal with everyday he is so busy blaming his playmates and refusing to take any responsibility for his actions that we would like to send him into timeout. Since we cannot, the next best thing is to vote him out !!

    September 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  6. Pete from Georgia

    Why ??
    Um, maybe because they have a brain to think for themselves ??

    September 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  7. Carl


    I don't really think it's just white women, most people are leaving just because the Democrats, just like most political parties, are plain losers, i'am very sick of both lieing parties. Our once great country is being brought down by a bunch of inept idiots.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  8. David A.

    Either they've gotten caught up in their husbands ranting and raving about Obama and his anti-Tea Party agenda or somewhere along the line on the matters of women's reproductive rights and closing the income gap, the Democrats haven't made much headway.....

    September 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  9. Simon, FL

    Because women in general have more opportunities to succeed in their careers today than ever before and they realise that the Democrat party is all about equality of results rather than equality of opportunity.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  10. john ................... marlton, nj

    Like I said in 2007 and 2008, Obama is a sexist ... he may have painted his administration with women .. but look around and see who has left and of those remaining .. how significant are their roles.
    Frankly, the men in his administration appear to be the most femine group .....

    September 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  11. Olga

    ...because they're ill-informed; they watch Fox News; or they believe the Tea Party rah-rah girls?

    Austin, Texas

    September 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  12. Leslie

    That is a good question. I would have to think that they feel they are not being represented within the party.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  13. Mr. D

    The same reason that most white men voters will vote against Democrats.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  14. Rich - TX

    Because they don't like what they've seen, broken promises and bad management. I would also like to add that if the republicans don't do any better with their opportunity we will vote them out too. We the people have had it, either govern smartly or find another job. look at the job both parties have done and you think more Government is the answer, come on now.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  15. Brian, Baton Rouge

    For the same reason that EVERYONE is leaving the Democratic party.

    People are disappointed that Mr. Change has pandered to the Republicans, who won't even meet him part-way, and ignored his Democratic base.

    Even though he talks a good game, for the most part, his policies are just a continuation of Bush's.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  16. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    This is why I do not believe in polls. Why would white women or any other women for that matter leave the democratic party? The democrats have a better record for standing up for women's rights then republicans. You never hear republican speaking about day care or pregnancy leave. Unless you're a rich woman to the extreme right wanting tax breaks like Sarah Palin the republican party doesn't hold much hope for you.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  17. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Consulting my wife, she would not desert the Democrats. Fundamentalist Christians treat women as second class citizens. She wants to keep equal pay for women and legal abortion on demand.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  18. jane


    There is no way that I am going to abandon President Obama......the continual slide in the economy was to be expected.....we had 8 years of fiscal nonsense with Bush/Cheney and a republican Congress that was more than willing to go along with them.

    The republican's have been the party of "no" since 2007 and the only heavy lifting they have done is to endorse their paychecks each month.

    Had this republican party been around during the Great Depression, there would have been no middle class.......in fact, we'd still be in it. They are so fast to call others unpatriotic if they were serious they would step up and be real patriots and help dig us out of the mess they made.

    Longmeadow, Ma.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  19. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, it is not just white women, it is the working women. As more and more women find themselves breadwinners, middle to upper class working taxpayers, they also find that the traditional Democratic values no longer fit their views and values. As they become independent, develop leadership, and make more money, they also start to question why they should be supporting socialist welfare programs, and redistribution of THEIR money. This growing process results in a decided movement to the right, out of the mainstream Democratic ideolog to independent or conservative values.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  20. Andy Lynn, MA

    They are leaving because they finally realized that there is a freightening similiarity between the story of the Three Blind Mice and the leadership of the Democratic party: The President, the Senate Majority Leader and the speaker of the house. Never has a political party had such a large majority in the House of Represetatives and accomplished so little. The name Pelosi will come to mean incompetence in politics.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  21. Dee in New Paris OHIO

    Because the Republicans have all the money?

    September 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  22. MNResident

    To paraphrase an old Democratic party strategist: "It's the economy, stupid....."

    September 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  23. Docb

    Who did this poll and who paid for it? White women–do they mean as opposed to say brown, yellow or black ones? Hmmm...this seems to be the same direction the 'other' polls are pushing!

    Have yet to have any of my 'White' women friends express such a belief from anyplace in the World!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  24. Eric

    Um, maybe because they don't like radical leftists?

    My grandfather's democrat party has been dead and gone since the mid 1960s.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  25. Lor - PA


    I can only speak for myself. I used to be a Democrat. After watching what the Democrats have been doing over the past year, I had enough. Now, I'm a registered voter, but am not affiliated with any political party. My voter status will stay that way until I feel that there's a political party that actually listens to, and votes for, the "average Jo".

    September 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  26. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The education in how a real Democrat acts when in the White House has finally has taught them that not all things are as advertised. Be very careful in how promises are worded and understand their true meaning from the perspective of the candidate.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  27. thom richer

    Assuming such a thing is actually happening, I can't begin to imagine why. Who or what would they "abandon" him for? Certainly not Palin or the flash in the pan Tea Party. Cannot come up with anyone in the Republican Party that would cause such abandonment. Obama still has his first term to complete and is only half way to that end. Maybe we should let him finish his 4 years before abandoning his still afloat ship. Also, I would never assume the fact that he is not a "white" man would be the reason and therefore "white" women would not abandon him because of that. Would they, Jack?

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  28. Rod / Chicago

    Everyone else is, why not the women too.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  29. Rebecca

    Because women are the core of their households, they figure out budgets, nutrition, health.I know what I can't spend because we don't have it And the way they have been spending in Washington has broken our backs. The economy has to be one of the main and most important reason for deserting the party. As a non working women with a family of four my ends are not meeting my needs and drastic measures and constant balancing of my families needs are the hardest thing I have ever done. American families are struggling while up on Capital Hill they keep with the chant 'WE'RE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS" except now I've become one of those six Americans that is in need of help except all I want is a job! Stop chanting and start producing jobs! OR I'M JUMPING SHIP!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    tampa, fl if one woman had a brain she would have to share it with the rest of them. for most women they pick their political candidates on 2 criteria, 1. how good looking is he, and 2. how much money does he have. for whom they date, they just reverse 1 & 2.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  31. GD

    Because white women are just as sick of Obama and his policies as everybody else is.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  32. Joe CE

    They don't care about Choice as much as they used to but the main reason is the same as for all segement of the population – disappointment with Obama not keeping campaign promises. When thhe bottom dropped out of the eonomy, it assured Obamas election. Ironically, deal with this has completely thrown Obamas adgenda off track.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  33. Anthony from NJ

    To be politically incorrect, women in general are uninvolved with politics and would rather watch "Dancing with the stars". Like lemmings they follow their husbands to the polls and pull the same lever.
    The real question is why white men are abandoning the democratic party. Could it be that this experiment of a black president has run its course with the impatient masses who forgot a white president sent is into this abyss?
    Since Obama's programs have been progressive and ambitious in trying to ameliorate the country's shortfalls, I can't understand the white population's disappointment unless they feel more comfortable with one of the own.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  34. Brandon

    I have no idea why. Traditionally Democrats are for social aid prgrams, of which single white women have always been the greatest beneficiaries including Affirmative Action.

    –Raleigh, NC

    September 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  35. calaurore9

    This is one white woman that didn't vote for Hillary. I regret it. I don't know if it's just us white women, but we do know leadership when we (don"t) see it.

    Carol In Northampton, MA

    September 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  36. katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, regardless of insignificant polls believe you and your republicans will be surprised.
    Women and all voters are disgusted with politics, period.
    President Obama got his plan for equal pay for equal work passed,
    the health care that has gone into effect helps children, forbids discrimination against pre existing conditions, does not allow cancellation of one gets sick and insures daughters and sons until the age of 26, puts a cap on insurance company rates.
    You would be hard pressed to point out one Mother that would be against this plan.
    And, gosh, Jack, even women are part of the unemployed that he got extension passed for.
    You cannot point out one Mother who will not agree with this plan.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  37. Michael, las Vegas NV

    Why does it always have to be about race. Could you have asked the question without stating white women?

    September 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  38. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    They had better look at some of the things republicans want to change like abortion laws, women would walk behind their husbands, back to no voting for women , stay home and raise a house full of crying, screaming kids, no health care and higher taxes for the middle class and lower taxes for the rich and big industry. So if you are stupid vote republican.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  39. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    Hormones. They rule, & women, especially, are at their mercy. Hormones control every physical, mental & emotional aspect of our lives. Most women, (& many men), have hormone imbalances, causing them to act irrationally, (like Palin, O'Donnell, Bachman, Brewer, Coulter. . . the list goes on), to say & do very bizarre things. Hormone imbalances are powerful enough to make a woman murder her children, especially post-partum. The imbalance of hormones completely takes over, & causes women to say & do very odd things, that would never occur to a normal, balanced person. They are very fickle, easily swayed, & unable to check facts @ factchIck.org, politicheck.com, CBO.com, etc.. Instead, these gullible fools believe everything they are told, so they won't have to check the facts. In order to do that, they would have to be able to think for themselves, which is something they're unable to do when there's an imbalance. Instead of being on an even keel, they are easily upset, angry, aggressive,.& confused.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  40. Bingo

    From Prattville, AL

    "Why would white women be deserting the Democratic Party?"

    After seeing the way the Democratic Party and its liberal elite media excoriate women such as Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Michelle Bachmann while praising and apologizing for such flagrant misogynists and abusers as Ted Kennedy, Elliott Spitzer, John Edwards and Bill Clinton, why would any woman, regardless of race, want to support the Democratic Party?

    September 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  41. Sherrie

    Gee, Jack, I dunno. Maybe white women -like the rest of the populace-
    are beginning to get a clue about what Obama's intentions are. So
    far he's grown the debt by a bazillion dollars, promises more of the
    same to come. Upping taxes. Removing the tax credit for children,
    lowering deductions for child care (and that ain't getting cheaper!)

    Like having a husband who has an affair or two, comes home and
    announces that the last affairs were such a great success, and that he
    hopes he'll get lots of support from his wife for affairs he's planning for the future.

    Not gonna happen.

    Morgan County

    September 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  42. Robin Baxter

    White women have always been swing voters because they follow and vote on the basis of surface issues. They vote for the front page of the paper versus the inside depth. If they moved past the front page or reflected on history, they would have to think about the dedication the Democratic Party has shown to women policy issues.

    Sarah Palin is a perfect example of surface and no depth.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  43. Lugman

    The same reason black women and black men would...jobs!

    September 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  44. Sabine

    Because they're a party of well intentioned idiots who have had any spark of hope and reality boiled out of them by a political system that only concerns itslef with when and how they could possibly be re-elected next, rather than actually serving those whose votes they so dearly covet come election time.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  45. Connie

    Jack, as a white woman I am not in the least thinking of changing my party loyalty. Not at all. I want to know how anyone who actually listens to news organizations or those special commentators like Beck, Limbaugh etc. could possibly see that women will be given better opportunities. The party with the "D" is the only party that cares that women get the best they can get in this WM run country. "WM" white males.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  46. Virginia - Atlanta

    I am a 69 year old white woman and have lived in Georgia since 1966. I am disgusted with Republicans, loud misinformed tea partiers and folks who profile me as as a conservative. This is one Independant who is Pro President Obama, but whose votes doesn't count because of where I live.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  47. Joe in Kent Island, MD

    A few rotten apples doesn't mean the tree is bad, it just means that bugs or fungus got under their skin.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  48. Scott Stodden

    Probably The Same Reason Everyone Is Diverting Politics All Together And That Reason Is Because All These Politicians President Obama Included Make All These Promises That They Just Can't Keep, We Need A Leader In The Democratic Party Who Has The Experience To Handle The Job Of President And That Leader Should Be Hillary Clinton, Hillary Please Run In 2012 America And The Democratic Party Need You Now More Than Ever, We're All Tired Of The Inexperience And Polictical Charades That Go On In Washington, We Are In A Recession, Unemployment Is The Highest Its Ever Been, The Economy Is In Turmoil And Republicans And Democrats Are Not Working Together Anymore In Washington We Need Change And We Need It Now!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  49. jim

    for years Democrats have been the champion of women's rights. No longer an issue, they think, they are gradually slipping away. Sadly when they least expect it all those things they fought for will disappear when the party of old White Men have the power once again to change the tides of fortune in the other direction. Like Rand Paul and his comments about undermining Civil Rights, Republicans will take away those of women.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  50. Dave, Orlando, FL

    For the same reason everyone else is, the Democrats have done absolutely nothing with their mandate and majority since 2006. They are terrified of their own shadows and have passed nothing of significance other than approvals for more war, bailouts and tax cuts for the rich and a healthcare bill that all but encourages the industry to gouge us with huge rate hikes until the provisions go into effect. At that point no one will have any money for healthcare.

    They will lose big time because they have not done the people’s business. That leaves the rest of us with no choice whatsoever.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  51. JENNA

    Why would white women be deserting the Democratic Party?

    Who cares about the Daily Beast? White women are NOT leaving the Democrats in droves as much as they would hope for. This is one of those puff pieces to make the Democrats look weak even though polls are showing their candidates in the LEAD in a majority fo the races.

    Roseville CA

    September 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  52. Ken in Maryland

    This doesn't say white women are leaving the Democratic Party, just that white female Democrats aren't excited about voting this year. And why should they, or any Democrat, be?

    This has less to do with white women and more to do with the fact that Democrats are doing absolutely nothing to help their cause or get voters excited about the mid-terms. They just had the best issue they've had in years handed to them on a silver platter (voting on the tax cut extensions), and they decided to put a dirty rag over it. Will Rogers was right.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  53. gabrielle eno

    I left the Dems because I have ethics. I cannot belong to a party that not only defends, but promotes the slaughter of unborn children. As a Christian, I cannot stand behind a party that embraces homosexuality. It is plain wrong. Dems are killing the USA as we know it. The unions are choking the life out of our cities and states and the Dems are in bed with them, giving them money and getting money from them at hard working tax payers expense. Do I believe Obama is a socialist? I think he is a communist, and he is bent on moving the US right into it. Jack Cafferty, you owe a fine lady (with principles), an apology. Sarah Palin is the kind of person, you would never understand, unless you repent and get right with God!

    September 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  54. Marilynn

    I am a registered democrat, however, I have no plans to vote for any democratic candidate in November and would not vote for President Obama in 2012. Rangel and Waters should resign from office and spare the Party any further scandel.
    West Texas.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  55. Rich McKinney, Texas

    While white women may be leaving the democratic party in droves I think it has little to do with who they voted for in 2008. What I think it has to do with is how unhappy they are with democrats in general. They thought they were going to elect a man that would save them from job losses and poverty and instead they elected a man that had absolutely no control over his side of the congress and even less control of the republican side. They trusted that once Obama got elected his democrat colleges would make wise decisions on his behalf and instead they went against what most Americans wanted on things like healthcare. They doubled the national debt in two years and that isn't saving anything from anyone.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  56. Lia in Bradenton

    The only white women I coult fathom leaving the party are those blue dogs. Good riddance!

    September 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  57. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, because of the recession, Obama has not been able to do the things that need doing to halt the right-wing attack on the middle class and the American economy. Democratic women are dissappointed in the lack of such action. I think they will sit back and take in what their choices are in November and '12 and act in their best interests, which do not lay with the GOP, nor will it lay with the Tea Party once more Angle/Paul/O'Donnell quotes come out.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  58. Mari, Utah

    First of all, Jack, most women polled are polled on .......landlines. Most of us, have cell phones. We are Obama's base.

    WHY would women, who want choice for women and equal opportunity, vote for the GOP-baggers?

    Women who are for women's rights know who is on our side!

    September 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  59. PiedType

    Women of all colors are smart enough to leave any political party that demonstrates it is inept, ineffectual, and non-responsive.


    September 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  60. John - Texas

    For the same reason many are leaving their party or just staying home. They know something is wrong but there is no where to turn. We only get to vote for "Republicrats".

    September 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  61. Girl Friday in Nevada

    I'm not the person to ask, I guess, Jack, since I deserted the Republican party in 2008, thus becoming an "Obamacan." Still not disappointed in my choice, but I think that the midterms have decidedly less "flash" than did the Presidential campaign. That said, though, all one has to do is listen to the likes of Christine O'Donnell or (God, or anyone, save us) Sharon Angle and it should get them fired up enough to camp out at the polls the day before election day to combat the likes of "Dimbats are them" from winning even one seat in Congress come November.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  62. Gigi Oregon

    Woe! wait a minute, stop...I'm one of those women. I was mad-as- hell against the Democrat party and voted for McCain. And every day I thank God they didn't win. I'm still upset with the Democrat Party but I'm not stupid. I'm not crazy enough to put back the party that secretly put us into this mess Now that would be stupid.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  63. Al

    Before believing polls, consider whether they are sophisticated enough to properly recognize folks planning sex change operations. So did they consider the difference between folks deserting Obama policies and folks deserting the Democratic Party – they are not the same people.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  64. keith in ky

    The same reason that anyone that's not a" progressive"', socialist' or a communist or someone looking for the goverment to take care of them, maybe people are just feed up with them and their lies!!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  65. Rich McKinney, Texas

    What we see here Jack is exactly what happened to the republicans when the democrats got control of the house. They screwed the republican president to the ground. They tied his hands. Although most of them voted to authorize the wars themselves in both Iraq and Afghanistan they blamed them on Bush to get Obama elected. After Obama got elected he found a brick wall in republicans in congress. Democrats needed not even one vote to pass their legislation other then their own peoples votes yet they had a hard time getting their healthcare passed and they did it anyway despite what their voters wanted. That brings us to where we are today with people who voted democrat leaving the party. It goes to show Jack that you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  66. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I'm a white woman who voted for Obama. My biggest beef with the president is he didn't fight hard enough for a BETTER health care bill (ie single payer, public option). But I know we won't get it from the Republicans so I'm not ready to desert him. I'd just like him to follow through on his campaign promises. Is that really too much to ask?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  67. Annie, Atlanta

    As a white Democrat, I have to say that the more Democrats become wholly owned subsidiaries of corporate America, like the Republicans have, there's the real possibility of a viable third party in our future. Just look at the vote on outsourcing of American jobs this afternoon. I'm ashamed to be affiliated with some of those traitors.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  68. Bob Spads

    Not just white women, it's really all of us. We voters are like turkeys in a fenced field. We rush to one fence, then rush to the other side when our short term memories overload. North to South, east to west we just wonder on in mad spastic confussion!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  69. PiedType

    Why wouldn't they? The Dems are no better than anyone else.


    September 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  70. andrew in aberdeen

    Be honest, Cafferty. White female voters like to shop. However, after 4 years of controlling Congress, Democrats have failed to find a way to put money back into the pocketbooks of these shoppers. White women have become more knowledgable. They are beginning to understand that the "feel good party" simply does not have a clue how to improve our economy. So what's there to be excited about?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  71. Dennis / Missouri

    The Democratic Party doesn't represent most white women. In fact they don't represent women in general. That is why Palin is so popular. She has more in come with mainstream America than the malevolent leadership of the Democratic party.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  72. Cliff (Arizona)


    September 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  73. Bruce

    Maybe because they realize that there is NO difference between the parties.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  74. Andra

    It all because of race

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  75. RST

    Party politics has made it to the point where it blocks this country from going forward and we don't have time for that.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  76. hurricanepaul from Hawaii

    Well, for starters Jack, I blame Oprah Winfrey.

    While she built a billioin dollar empire based on her mostly-white women supporters, driving Oprah's ratings to the top, instead of endorsing Hillary Clinton...a WOMAN...to be the next president, Oprah, in stead, went "ALL IN", backing an unknown BLACK MAN.

    An obvious racially motivated move.

    She turned her back on ALL of the WOMEN (white & black) responsible for her success and at the same time revealed her racist side of her when she backed an unknown BLACK MAN nobody had ever heard of.

    Had Oprah endorsed Hillary Clinton 3 years ago, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House today...not Obama.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  77. alex seiberth

    Why would anyone NOT desert the Democrat party. It has been a nightmare for over 135 years for all Americans, especially "under" classes.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |

    I personall don't know who in the world they are talking to but the women I know are not deserting the Democratic party. We are mad as hell at the Republicans for blocking and diluting everything that comes across their desk. It's the Pube's we're mad at!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  79. Nancy

    I am a white woman over 65. I am a liberal Democrat. Proud to be a liberal Democrat and DEFINTELY plan to vote. And vote I will for all the good, honest democratic candidates in my state and district.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  80. MC

    only reason to vote dem is if you are a union member, I am not.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  81. Carl Harris

    White women are leaving the Democratic party, as I see it, because White women are being considered less of a minority. The democratic party used to be the prty of the working man, now it is the party of the minorities.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  82. Jamie, Tacoma, WA

    The health care bill was a travesty. Obama sold out to the Republicans in order to get little to nothing changed. I'll vote Democratic in the mid terms, but there had better be some major changes before 2008 or I'm looking for a 3rd party instead of two parties that kow tow to corporations.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  83. RST

    We are tired of corporate and special interest plants corrupting our government.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  84. honest John in Vermont

    Women are just too smart to desert the Democrats because they know the Republicans are far worse. Afterall who created this whole mess we are currently in???

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  85. Jim Blevins

    Who can ever understand women?

    Jim, Craig, CO

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  86. Colleen in West Palm Beach FL

    We are not!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  87. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    if white women are deserting the democrats because of the abortion issue under the healthcare reform, well they might have to move away from the abortion view of some of the new republican-tea party!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  88. Karen Whittemore

    I do not believe that white women are deserting the Democratic Party.
    I for one will be out there voting for all Dems in the midterm election!!!
    God help us if those rightwing teaparty lunitics get into the senate!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  89. Joann Gilbert-Croteau


    I think that is a figment of your imagination! I'm a retired white woman who voted for President Obama because of his intelligence and determination to help the middleclass in this country. His color didn't even enter the picture.

    Voting for or not for color is setting this country back to the 60s again and we don't want to go there.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  90. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Women and weather I use to think that was funny but now the weather can be predicted Obama should have seen this coming I just dont think he wants a second term he keeps telling the majority of the people it's his way or the highway well the jokes on you Obama .

    September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  91. RST

    We have serious issues and we don't really have time for the BS anymore. Our kids, brothers have gone bankrupt, lost the house...the people that have these offices make so much money they can afford poor leadership. We can't.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  92. Carrie in Alabama

    I am a white women , I voted for Obama and would again because his party cares more for the middle class and average people ahead of the GOP...That said he diappointed me with the health care , it needed a public option and the Dems sold out to pass a watered down version. Pehaps that is why some of us are not as happy with the dems or Obama now.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  93. Roger Sargent

    Women are just tired of men lying to them to get what they want. His sweet talking got their votes but his broken promises are giving them second thoughts. Roger Albion PA

    September 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  94. Sharon

    White women are disappointed that Obama hasn't done a thing to change the way things work in Washington,in fact it is worse – how can we trust any Politicians – they all lie!!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  95. Marguerite Hiemenz

    I am surprised that a poll show "white women leaving the Democratic Party" I don't know any ot them! I wonder who polled whom for I do not believe that is really what is going on. Sounds more like wishful thinking on the part for some far right bloggers.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  96. Ted

    In 2006 the dems took over power in both houses. If people do their homework they will see that even with Bush as president,the dems made the laws and rules. White women voted for a black man who gave great speaches,and fell in love . They found out that they were made fools of as most people are finding out. Trusting Obama is like trusting a used car salesman. He will say anything to make the sale,then make excuses when it does not work.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  97. lynne from chicago

    why would white women desert the democrats? because we respect courage. the democrats in congress are the biggest bunch of wusses i could have imagined...get a few body parts, congressional dems, and white women might come back. but we're out the door right now–the failure to take up the bush tax cuts was the last straw–and you only have themselves to blame. i hope that nelson, lieberman, and that despicable whiner blanche lincoln were worth it!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  98. Sandee

    If they do it will be at their own peril. I sincerely do not understand any confusion when it comes to voting for a reasonable candidate compared to an unreasonable one. I have listened to all sides of this political spectrum and it appears to me that we all have been very rushed to judge a human being who has been in office less than a year and expect miracles. However, allowed eight years of complete degregation of the U.S. without voicing any concerns. If white women choose to think so emotionally and abandon the only rational talking individuals at this point and time I would be very disappointed in them as a whole. I sincerely hope it does not come to that. I am an Independent voter and have spoken to many individuals and I have yet to speak with someone who has taken a survey. I have friends and associates across the US and we are still waiting to take a survey. Where do they take place?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  99. Chaney, La.

    Oh never fear, we are a fickle lot, next week we wont remember or care what the polls say..... we are really collec tively as a nation "stupid".. but I as a white woman have not been asked and have not changed my mind. I will vote [D] again.....in 2012.....

    September 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  100. Allen in Georgia

    Two words: Sarah Palin. Women can be sexiest too, you know. I think they see a prospect in their future.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  101. Tim Blodgett

    It's really pretty simple. Women want long term security. Do you see any long term security in the policies of this administration?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  102. Todd Rahmes

    White women are not one monolithic group. My guess is the women that President Obama and the Democras are losing are those who were introduced to the political process by the Obama campaign, and were Obama supporters from the beginning – inspired, but totally naive. Clinton's women supporters are realists, and they recognize while Obama may not be communicating as well as he could be, and may not have cleaned up the mess Republicans left us as well as Hillary may have, he's still a heckuva lot better than the Republicans. They won't leave – just those who are appalled at watching the sausage being made in the political meatgrinder which is Washington, D.C.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  103. ray meachem

    If white women are not excited about this year's midterm elections, don't complain when Sarah Palin is shown as the example of women in politics for the next 8 years. . .

    . . . don't complain when the right wing social agenda becomes the banner for women's issues for the next 4 years.

    . . . don't complain if the first women president is a Republican.

    p.s. Did the Tea Party officially get a line on this mid term ballot?

    September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  104. claudia

    Women may not be happy with the way things are going with the Dems right now, but they need to remember history. Democrats are the ones who have supported and helped and legislated on womens' issues. Think about where we would have been if the laws that were passed for our rights were not promoted by Democrats. We'd better remember where our bread is buttered and work harder for those things we want through the Democratic Party. If the Republicans have control of Congress again, what might happen to the rights we have now? You can surely bet we won't be getting any new ones! Vote! It's too important an election to stay home.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  105. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If these women aren't supporting any other party, I think there's a lot we don't know but will soon find out.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  106. Diana

    It's the economy stupid!!! We all have a husband, a son, daughter brother, sister, father or mother who is unemployed or underemployed. Our health insurance premiums and co-payments are skyrocketing, not to mention increased fees on the local, county and state levels. We're drowning, where is the hope and change we voted for!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  107. Amarissa

    It's not just white women, it's everyone! People got what they voted for and now they regret their vote. We are worst off than before and now with a bigger debt.

    How's that Hopey-Changey thing working for YOU?

    Miami, Fla

    September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  108. Valerie in Raleigh

    Women want a fast fix for all that President Obama inherited and it is not happening. You do not fix 8 years of mistakes in a short time. Also, the Republicans and Fox News have done a good job of distorting the circumstances, voting "No" on everything the President has tried to do and 24 hours a day of Fox News takes a toll. I watched Fox for 2 straight hours last week and I was shocked at the shameful language they used against the President and anyone who does not agree with their far-right, Tea Party ideas. It is my hope that the educated women of this country will look at the circumstances and the situtation we are in and realize that President Obama is the educated, intelligent person to keep strengthening this country and getting it back on track. Vote for the best candidate -Pres. Obama.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  109. Velma A. Burrows, Pennsylvania

    I am a white woman and baby boomer. I voted for Hilary (as a write-in) in the last election because she awakened in me the women's movement of the 1970s. Nonetheless, I am so appalled by the tea party and the GOP, who dare to say they speak for all devout Christians, that I will most definitely vote for Obama in 2012. My advice to Obama: give Hilary more of the spotlight if you want to attract white female voters. The media has ignored her in favor of sexy Palin...and that makes me angry!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  110. Anne in Houston

    I'm one of those white women over 50 who refused to vote for Obama - in disgust over the blatant sexism I saw erupting from both parties. I left the Democratic Party (although my "membership" was mostly just having voted Democratic in the past - and made the occasional donation) because of the UGLY sexism directed toward me from Obama supporters.

    However, the insult to women by the GOP running Sarah Palin (a 1950 MCP's wet dream without focus on anything but money for herself), along with their past policies against allowing women to make decisions for themselves about their reproductive lives, made it "Not on a cold day in Hades would I vote for McCain."

    I wrote in Barbara Jordan for President & Ann Richards for VP - two women I had the pleasure to know personally. Barbara should have been the first black President, but she had the additional problem of being a female. Ann Richards was the only Texas governor of the last 30 years with the brains and the vision to be in the office of VP or President.

    Am I excited? No. Except for Gov of Texas. Time for Perry to take his show on the road and clear out of his rented mansion.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  111. Marla

    I'm a middle-aged white woman, and I strongly hope that educated women and young people wake up and realize that this mid-term election is very, very important. We absolutely must keep the Tea Party crazies from gaining any power in Washington. That would be a disaster for this country.
    I would never not support the Democratic party. Years ago, we women fought hard for the equality and rights that we have gained. I don't understand how any woman can support the Republicans. If they had their way, we women would lose much of what we have gained.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  112. claudia

    And I agree with Jenna!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  113. Ayo, Texas

    why would they leave? same reason anyone leaves a "Party". maybe the food and music wasn't that good afterall.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  114. dennis in pa.

    my mother and wife are voting republican after being democrats.
    my wife because my son in law can't find a job and her daughter has to struggle just to put food on the table! my mother because she thinks obama has failed to deliver on any of his promises! all 3 of us feel the united states is further from unity now then 2 years ago! my wife said to me atleast they{republicans} don't make you believe they will fix the world they just don't take you from "hope to NOPE".

    September 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  115. J Hernandez

    Its obvious Jack, white women, and its sad to say that they too, will turn against a President who happens to be African American, it has nothing to do with his policies; plain and simple! Had Hillary won the Presidency, we would not be discussing this.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  116. Rhonda

    If these women do not show up to vote, they are giving the Republicans the win by default. Perhaps they assume Utopia should have been reached within the 20 months of the Obama Presidency and prefer to give all their rights and choices to the GOP rather than having Democrats protect some of them.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  117. Donna

    White woman will return to the Democratic party in droves, once Hillary Clinton is on the ticket for 2012. We cannot afford a GOP take over, or God Forbid a Tea Party take over! President Obama and Hillary Clinton will bring the woman back to the Democratic Party. Time will tell if Vice President Biden and Hillary will switch jobs. The Democrats need to do WHATEVER IT TAKES, as our Country cannot afford to go backwards. President Obama would do well to really, really listen to former President Clinton, and Paul Krugman. Once the economy starts to look up, so will President Obama's Presidency.
    We must remember the woman who shattered the glass ceiling. I would hate to think she shattered it for dingbats like Palin, and O'Donnell. God Bless Hillary Clinton!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  118. Annie, Atlanta

    Virginia – Atlanta, I can certainly relate!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  119. Peggy G

    I am a white woman from Iowa who voted for Obama and I can tell you that it's hard to be enthusiatic when you are still living paycheck to paycheck! I understand that it takes time to change things, but geez, hurry up already! I know that we can't blame everything on the President,. It's the senators and congressmen/women that are to blame. If I did my job like they do theirs...I would have been fired a long time ago! How hard is it to make a decision that is fair and makes sense? Get your hands out of the pockets of all the "deep pocket lobbyists" and use your hands and heads to make this country what it could be. To hell with being "politically correct"...you're all a bunch of whiners.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  120. Susan Stone

    I disagree. White, educated women have not deserted the Democratic party. Of course, we had hoped things would be better than they are right now. We are smart enough to know that the Republicans are not going to go along with anything that President Obama wants until they can get credit for it. The Democratic party is the only one who will do anything for women and children. Please, don't insult us, but do if it gets the vote out in November.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  121. Steve

    Jack maybe it has nothing to do with ones color or gender! Maybe we non hyphenated Americans are mad about the political B.S. Show me just an American who believes in our Constitution and then I will vote. We the People are fed up with polititions and big money giving this country away!

    September 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  122. Sherry

    Why is it always about race? I see this comment throughout the other comments. Bottom line "Women and all voters are disgusted with politics, period." President Obama got his plan for equal pay for equal work passed and women have made headway, but we still are behind. I don't think it is just women but all as stated above. The republicans have done everything they can to "protect" the millionaires, big business but nothing for middle class, thus, everyone is looking elsewhere. I for one can tell you I always vote for the person, not the party. Blame for this mess does not lie on one man's shoulders (i.e. Obama), but those who came before, and those in congress regardless of party lines. Time to ask who will put an end to this madness of reducing the middle class and what they stand for in this country.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  123. Nadean Gleitsmann

    I am a white woman and I am NOT deserting the Democrats. What I wish is that the Democrats would hit the Republicans harder- they need to point out again and again that it was the REPUBLICANS who got us into this economic mess and the REPUBLICANS who have held up legislation that could have made health care reform better. As far as I am concerned this president and adminstration have done more in 2 years than any other recent adminstration – true not everything they have passed is perfect but at least they are moving us forward in health care reform, education reform, the economy , immigration reform, foreign policy ... there is no magic wand but they are trying- it's too bad that women or anyone else expects perfection – we need to be willing to move ahead even if it's one step at a time. And I believe we are doing that.............the trickle down, hawkish , bigoted policies of the Republicans is the last thing this country needs right now.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  124. danarchy

    I think many white women watch programs on Fox News that show a lot of other attractive white women showing a lot of anger toward the current leadership and expressing strong right wing views and that want to be like these women. These attractive commetantors become celebrities in their minds and they want to mimic the thoughts and behaviors of these women. Fox News puts these nice looking women on TV for the same reasons that magazines use attractive women on their covers. People listen to good looking people and their opinions become our own. We as a people are just that vacant.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  125. jeane

    I'm not a white woman so I don't know. But I do know change is not easy. It doesn't happen all at once. I would caution them to remember what they have now will vanish in the future. They have all heard what the Republican Tea Party supports. The American Dream will die. Health Reform is law. Equal pay is now law. Credit card protections are law. I can list more. I've never made a good decision when angry. So be frustrated and vote with your head not emotions. Abandon the party who has started this journey and give the current accomplishments back but don't complain when they are taken away.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  126. CathyH

    Jack I am very skeptical about that poll. I personally have gobs of "white-woman" friends and relatives, and although I wouldn't say any of us is 'excited' about the mid-term elections, I'd say the majority of us - if not all of us– are going to vote. And - vote Democratic!

    I also wonder why white women have been split out from black, Asian, and Hispanic women in that poll. I think the P.U.M.A.s were a unique phenomenon in a unique pre-election situation. If you consider family planning, health care for ourselves and children, jobs for ourselves and husbands (if applicable), and costs of education - just to name a few - I'd bet my bottom dollar that ALL races of women have a heck of a lot in common, and therefore similar things to be asking from a politician.

    L.A., CA

    September 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm |