CNN ‘hormones drive women’s vote’ report removed from website, after earning tons of criticisms

By on Oct 26, 2012 in International, Lifestyle, Politics, United States Comments

CNN published a story on its official website on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, which was believed to be suggesting that hormones may affect women’s choice for voting, particularly this coming November presidential election. The story was later removed after it earned a lot of criticisms online.

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Replacement of CNN hormones story
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The so-called CNN ‘hormones’ story was titled “Do hormones drive women’s votes?” and was written by CNN.com health writer and producer, Elizabeth Landau. It was deleted from the website just hours after it was published, after receiving a lot of mockery in social sites such as Twitter.

“A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed. After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN. We thank you for your comments and feedback.” A statement now reads on the said CNN.com post.

Before it was deleted, some news sites have also criticized that CNN ‘hormones’ report, including Huffington Post, Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Jezebel, a famous blog owned by Gawker Media and is aimed at women’s interests. All of them noted that CNN‘s report is likely an insult to women voters.

Below is an excerpt of the controversial CNN ‘hormones’ story. Despite CNN has already deleted the post, the full context can still be viewed at DailyKOS.com.

“New research suggests that hormones may influence female voting choices differently, depending on whether a woman is single or in a committed relationship…Although the study will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science, several political scientists who read the study have expressed skepticism about its conclusions.

A bit of background: Women are more likely to vote than men, other studies have found. Current data suggest married women favor Gov. Mitt Romney, in a 19% difference, over President Barack Obama, while Obama commands the votes of single women by a 33% margin, according to the study.

In the new study’s first experiment, Kristina Durante of the University of Texas, San Antonio, and colleagues conducted an internet survey of 275 women who were not taking hormonal contraception and had regular menstrual cycles. About 55% were in committed relationships, including marriage.

The researchers found that during the fertile time of the month, when levels of the hormone estrogen are high, single women appeared more likely to vote for Obama and committed women appeared more likely to vote for Romney, by a margin of at least 20%, Durante said. This seems to be the driver behind the researchers’ overall observation that single women were inclined toward Obama and committed women leaned toward Romney.”

Elizabeth Landau (@lizlandau) tweeted on Thursday, saying, “For the record, I was reporting on a study to be published in a peer-reviewed journal & included skepticism. I did not conduct the study.”



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