WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. women favor President Barack Obama by a 14-point margin over Republican Mitt Romney, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, after the recent "Mommy Wars" partisan flap over the role of women in public life.
Fifty-one percent of registered women voters favor the Democratic president for re-election, the poll released on Tuesday showed, compared with 37 percent who favor Romney, the probable Republican nominee.
The survey was conducted April 12-15, after a Democratic cable television commentator made remarks that criticized Romney's wife for staying home and raising their five sons rather than holding a job outside the home.
The comment escalated into a fracas over the role of women in society that was seized on by Republicans as evidence that Democrats do not value stay-at-home mothers.
There was little change in women's views of the candidates. A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in early March showed Romney was backed by 38 percent of women, just higher than in the more recent survey, and Obama by 54 percent, 3 percentage points higher than in the new poll.
The most recent poll showed Obama supported by 47 percent of men to 43 percent for Romney, compared with 50 percent of men to 43 percent for Romney in the earlier survey.
(For a graphic on the poll, see http://link.reuters.com/met67s)
(Reporting By Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Eric Beech)