Reese Witherspoon baby, Obama Moms and more: Our parenting news roundup.
Reese Witherspoon's baby 'debut' is just one of this week's spotlighted stories. We also have Obama moms, the New Gerber Baby and a pregnant voter who went above and beyond. (And remembered to breathe.)
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Yes, we'll get to the new Reese Witherspoon baby. But the big news this week, of course, was the election. Picking The Leader Of The Free World and all that. But who knew how many family stories could be wrapped up in presidential politics? Check out our sampling here.
And the Walmarts have it...
We wrote about how President Barack Obama beat out GOP challenger Mitt Romney in securing the mom vote. (Fifty-six percent of mothers voted for Mr. Obama, according to exit polls, compared to 43 percent who went for Mr. Romney.) But we’ve since learned more about the voting patterns of a key faction of American mothers – the “Walmart Moms.”
As the Monitor’s Linda Feldmann explained in one of her news stories earlier this week, “Walmart Moms” are women who shop at Walmart at least once a month and have children aged 18 or younger living at home. They were seen by both political parties as a key voting block this year. Soon after the election, the research firm Public Opinion Strategies and Momentum Analysis – doing analysis for Walmart, we should note – found that Walmart Moms tracked more closely with the overall electorate than moms overall – 50 percent went for Obama, while 48 percent broke for Romney.
Those who said the economy was the deciding factor in their voting tended to go for Romney (66 percent) while those who picked health care as the most important issue in the election picked Obama (68 percent). Those who cared most about education also went for Obama. Seventy percent of single Walmart moms and 56 percent of younger Walmart moms (age 18-39) also went for Obama.
Which brings us to....
Apathy? Says who?