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National Female Survey Results

Washington, DC – A new national poll released today by the conservative policy-advocacy group Woman Up! shows once again that our conservative message should move beyond simply debt and deficit reduction, and should focus on growing the economy and creating jobs. The center-right movement should also continue the offensive against Obamacare – 72% of respondents are worried about the cost of their healthcare insurance increasing. Additionally, the public has a strong desire for tangible policies that would lower gas and energy prices and reduce the cost of higher education, while also fixing our broken immigration system through border security and incremental reforms.

Survey Summary:


  • When given a list of choices, more than three in four (76%) respondents say economic issues would have the most positive impact on them and their families’ future, with “growing the economy and creating jobs” (40%), “reducing the deficit and debt” (17%) and “health care” (16%) being the highest responses. Sixteen percent (16%) listed a social issue as most important and another 4% said “strengthening our national defense and anti-terror policies.”
  • By over a two-to-one margin (64% to 31%), respondents say a growing free market economy that creates more jobs and better paying jobs in the private sector is more important than a larger federal government that is able to provide more service and benefits to the needy and middle class families.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) are concerned about the federal budget deficit and increasing national debt, with 54% saying the deficit and debt are hurting current economic growth and job creation and 31% saying they will cause higher taxes and fewer federal programs for the next generation. Only 9% are not concerned about the deficit and debt.
  • Sixty-three percent (63%) agree that “the huge increase of federal debt by $6 trillion to $16 trillion in the last four years is hurting the private sector and costing jobs.”
  • By a 52% to 39% margin, respondents favor reducing government regulations and lowering taxes over increasing federal spending on infrastructure, green energy and early childhood education.


  • Nearly nine in ten (87%) agree that “college tuition costs and the level of student debt are too high and need to be reduced.”
  • Nine in ten (88%) approve of requiring school budgets to be posted online so parents can see where money is being spent in their child’s school.
  • Eight in ten, 78%, approve of encouraging community colleges and state universities to offer four year, $10,000 degrees.
  • Three in four (76%) approve of providing parents of children with learning disabilities a tax deduction for the costs associated with their education.
  • Seven in ten (73%) approve of increasing online college courses as a way to reduce the cost of college tuition.


  • Seven in ten (71%) agree that enforcement of current immigration laws must precede legalization of undocumented immigrants.
  • More specifically, 55% believe the immigration system is broken because of previous broken promises about enforcement and support incremental reforms that would require securing the border and verifying legal status before any illegal immigrants are given legal status. One in three (33%) believe large-scale deportations are impossible and the current broken system must be fixed on a comprehensive basis with legal status for illegal immigrants and commitments to enforce immigration laws.


  • By a three-to-one margin (61% to 23%), respondents support a federal budget plan that balances the budget in 10 years by raising additional revenue through tax reform and cutting federal spending with a federal budget plan that raises taxes by over $1 trillion to pay for $1 trillion in additional spending with no balance within 10 years.


  •   When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, just over one in four (27%) believe Congress should let the law take effect and allow it to be implemented as passed. Almost similarly, 25% want Congress to repeal the law; Thirty-four percent (34%) believe that Congress should not try to repeal Obamacare and instead focus on making changes to improve the law; Only 6% favor delaying and defunding. Respondents also express concern when thinking about the changes the Affordable Care Act made to the healthcare system.


  • Eight in ten (80%) agree that the 3.5 million able-bodied adults with no dependents who receive food stamps risk long-term dependency and should be obligated to work or actively seek employment in exchange for food stamps.
  • Two-thirds (67%) agree with reducing welfare spending to pre-recession levels when the current weak job market recovers and unemployment is significantly lower.
  • When it comes to welfare spending, 59% of respondents say welfare programs should be available to provide temporary assistance, but the safety net can become a dependency trap by discouraging self-sufficiency and hurting those we intend to help. Three in ten (31%) say a compassionate society must provide government benefits to help the poor with their basic needs.


  • Overall, 90% of respondents have experienced higher energy costs. One in four (26%) have experienced higher costs at the gas pump and 17% said in electricity or gas and oil. Nearly half (48%) said both.
  • Three in five (59%) agree we should expand drilling off-shore and on federal lands after knowing that the United States has enough natural gas to meet our energy needs for 90 years .


  • By almost a two-to-one margin (57% to 31%) female respondents approved of increasing the child tax credit to $4,000 per child.


  • Ideology: Liberal 32%, Moderate 29%, Conservative 35%.


Methodology: This national survey of 530 likely 2014 general election female voters was conducted from April 28th to April 30th, 2013.  Interview selection was random within predetermined election units. 372 interviews were conducted via landline telephone by professional interviewers. To increase coverage, this landline sample was supplemented with 158 interviews of cell-phone only users reached via the internet. These samples were then combined and structured to correlate with actual voter turnout in a nationwide general election. This poll of 530 likely general election female voters has an accuracy of +/- 4.3% at a 95% confidence interval.