The female vote and its impact on Election 2012 | News
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- Desiree Zapata Miller recently lost her job.
"It's shaken me up a little bit because I'm thinking is this going to change any time in the near future," said Miller.
The Charlotte mom was laid off not once but twice in the last couple of years.
Despite her desire to work Miller struggles to find a job.
"I'm not even getting unemployment," said Miller. "I've worked in the non-profit industry and non profits don't contribute to unemployment."
Meanwhile other women choose not to support Mitt Romney and his choice for vice president saying the candidates would send women's issues back centuries.
"It just seems that for my age my socioeconomic status and being a young professional who works for the state usually democratic caters more and appeals more to what my needs are at this time," said Kristen Kimber.
Although health issues are also important to Miller, she is worried about balancing her checkbook.
The once Democrat who is now a registered Republican attributes the sluggish economy to the president.
She is frustrated with Obama's plan for the economy.
"I'm hopeful that with Mitt Romney, who is a successful businessman a successful governor who has the experience, that he's going to turn the situation around," said Miller.
In the last presidential election Barack Obama was the first Democrat to carry North Carolina since Jimmy Carter.
A poll by The Washington Post says Obama trumps Romney with a 52% approval to Romney's 41% with female voters.
Political experts say women are incredibility important especially in the battleground Tar Heel State.
"Women vote more than men and there is definitely a gender gap where women are more likely to vote for democrats than they are for republicans," said Martha Krupf and Associate Professor Political Science at UNCC.
Krupf says gender issues like healthcare and the economy will most likely swing the election in the state.
Economy being a priority to Miller who says she's ready to cast her vote in November and hopefully get back to work soon.
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