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New polls today show women voters leaning more toward Barack Obama and away from John McCain.
A Gallup poll of former supporters of Hillary Clinton now show that 81 percent of them plan to vote for Barack Obama in November. Before last weekâ€™s Democratic Convention, 70 percent said they would. And a new survey conducted on behalf of the womenâ€™s political action group, Emilyâ€™s List, shows that a majority of those polled say John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin out of political considerations.
Pollster Geoff Garin said his poll was conducted over the weekend, and does not reflect the reaction that women may have on the VP candidate since it was learned that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. Garin said by a 59 percent to 20 percent margin, women voters believe McCain chose Palin out of political considerations. Garin said that of the 800 randomly selected viewers interviewed by his firm, 42 percent are Democrats, 7 percent are Independents leaning Democrat, 28 percent are Republicans and 5 percent are leaning Republican.
Garin says the Democrats are now perceived as having more experience â€“ and he says thatâ€™s a big change from a similar poll taken a month ago.
Palin has appealed to female voters, particularly those who supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries.