Chart shows source and sentiment distribution for quotes in articles that mention “war on women” March 19-April 16.

Chart shows source and sentiment distribution for quotes in articles that mention “war on women” March 19-April 16.

There have been a slew of articles recently that discuss the so-called “war on women”. In these articles, Mitt Romney is quoted more than anyone else, with Barack Obama close behind. Romney has gone very negative on the issue in comparison to Obama. Fully 40% of Romney’s statements are negative toward Obama, whereas only 11% of Obama’s statements are negative to Romney. Instead, Obama has taken an even-keeled approach, with 83% of his statements being neutral.
Ann Romney’s major break onto the election scene saw her approaching the topic of “war on women” with a more positive strategy. She did not criticize Obama at all for Hilary Rosen’s negative comments on the subject, but actually grasped the spotlight to speak positively about her husband. More than 1 in every 4 of her statements (27%) were positive toward Mitt Romney, with the rest being neutral.
Other notable voices on the “war on women” are members of Obama’s team Jay Carney and David Axelrod. Axelrod, who is on the Obama campaign staff as communications director, has expressed more sentiment on the topic (43% negative to Romney, 29% positive to Obama). On the other hand, Jay Carney, as a White House official, has approached the topic more neutrally, with 79% if his statements being neutral.