And also according to the Lifetime poll, Obama was making some progress nationally with women. Twenty-three percent of the women surveyed said they liked him more than they did at the beginning of the primaries, with 22 percent liking him less. Many of those who held a more negative opinion of the candidate offered his relationship with Wright as the reason. It's too early to see if the recent comments will cause the same reaction among women as Wright did. Clinton, on the other hand, saw a smaller percentage of women finding her more appealing since the beginning of the primaries.
But now, with the most recent campaign controversy still stirring, Obama must continue to make sure he grabs a significant swath of women in Pennsylvania. The polls so far haven't shown much of a negative impact. But while women may not feel obligated to vote for Clinton simply because she's a woman, they may vote for her if they feel she's more in touch with them.