A poll commissioned by two conservative groups found that the Republican party is failing to win over women voters, according to a copy of the report obtained by Politico on Wednesday.
The report found that women think the GOP is “intolerant” and “stuck in the past,” and that women are “barely receptive” to Republican policies. Women think Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live.”
“This lack of understanding and acknowledgment closes many minds to Republican policy solutions,” the report reads, according to Politico.
The report, titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities,” found that the party does “especially poorly” among women in the Northeast and Midwest.
But while single women viewed Republicans unfavorably, 48 percent of married women prefer Republicans and just 38 percent of married women favor Democrats.
Dan Conston, a spokesman for the American Action Network, told Politico “it’s no surprise that conservatives have more work to do with women.”
“The gender gap is hardly a new phenomenon but nevertheless it’s important for conservatives to identify what policies best engage women and our project found multiple opportunities,” he said.
The report offered a few solutions for the Republican party, such as to “deal honestly with any disagreement on abortion, then move to other issues” and “pursue policy innovations that inspire women voters to give the GOP a ‘fresh look.'”
Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network commissioned the survey of 800 female voters and eight focus groups to assess where the party stands with women, according to Politico.