January 22, 2015 — Bipartisan support for women's health initiatives is growing, according to a report released Tuesday by Brigham and Women's Hospital's Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology, Politico's "Pulse" reports.
The report defines women's health to include biomedical research, general health care, preventive health care and support for family caregivers. The report is based on data from exit polls conducted by Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group during the 2014 midterm election (Villacorta, "Pulse," Politico, 1/21).
Overall, the report found that more than 50% of surveyed voters think women's health care should be one of the federal government's top priorities (Brigham and Women's Hospital release, 1/20).
According to the report, there was a substantial increase in support for women's health among Republican voters, with 40% saying legislators should consider women's health a high priority. By comparison, 27% of Republican voters said the same in 2012. Meanwhile, the report found that 81% of Democratic voters said women's health should be a top priority for lawmakers ("Pulse," Politico, 1/21).
In addition, 53% of survey respondents said women's health research should be a top priority, while 54% ranked support for family caregivers high on the list. More specifically, 69% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans cited family caregiver support as a top priority.
Connors Center Executive Director Paula Johnson said the data show "strong, bi-partisan support for the full continuum of women's health."
She added, "This is no longer a wedge issue or one that is owned by the left. We are now seeing strong voter support from Americans who represent all walks of life ... who care strongly about the health and wellbeing of women throughout their lifetimes" (Brigham and Women's Hospital release, 1/20).