Donald Trump has been dominating the Republican polls for most of the GOP presidential primary season. The former-reality TV star and billionaire has a reputation for being politically incorrect, and while in many cases it’s precisely this so-called “plain speaking” or “honesty” that endears Trump to his supporters, there is one demographic that’s definitely not buying into it. Donald Trump is losing the support of women, with fully half of U.S. women now saying that they have a “very unfavorable” view of the unlikely presidential candidate.
As Reuters reports, that number was determined by a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. According to the poll, taken between March 1 and March 15, the number of U.S. women who find Donald Trump to be “very unfavorable” has jumped by 10 percent in just a few months. The last time the same poll was conducted, back in October, only 40 percent of U.S. women found The Donald to be “very unfavorable.”
Over 5,000 respondents participated in the Donald Trump poll, and the release of the poll findings come on the heels of an anti-Donald Trump ad released by the Republican political group, Our Principles PAC. In the ad, women read real insults used by Donald Trump toward women. Many of the words in the ad are very derogatory, misogynistic, and seemingly not befitting of a potential United States president.
The above anti-Donald Trump ad, created by Republicans doing everything in their power to keep the former reality TV star and thorn in the GOP’s side out of the White House, was released on March 14.
If Donald Trump can’t manage to do some damage control among the female demographic, he could be looking at some big problems when it comes to the general election. Women make up over half of the population of the United States, and in every election since 1996, they have showed up to the polls in higher rates than their male counterparts. Combined with a recent report that 25 percent of Republican voters would choose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in a theoretical general election match-up, it seems like Donald Trump might have some room for improvement.
“If the presidential election were tomorrow, women would be a big problem for Trump. But he has time to fix it.”
When approached for comment on the subject, a Trump campaign official withheld an immediate response and/or comment on the findings of the poll. Donald Trump himself, somewhat predictably, responded to the results of the poll by touting his “good relationships” with female business associates and other women related to his business careers. He added that he is “well-liked” by female voters, a response that is clearly contradicted by the results of the Reuters survey.
When it comes to the women who find Donald Trump “very unfavorable,” they seems to have an array of varied reasons for their feelings about the unlikely Republican presidential front-runner. According to interviews that accompanied the Reuters poll, women disapprove of the way he speaks negatively and insultingly about women he dislikes (women such as Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host Donald Trump can’t seem to stop attacking), the nature of his insults toward his political rivals, and even his extremist views on immigration.
“I think Trump is very scary.”
“[I don’t like] the way he has belittled women.”
“He says he is going to make America great, but he doesn’t say how he is going to do it besides alienating whole groups of people.”
Not every woman in the United States dislikes Donald Trump, however, and the real estate billionaire can definitely count some women among his most ardent supporters.
“He’s a little unpredictable, as we’ve seen. He’s going to put other world leaders on edge.”
According to the poll, Donald Trump’s image problem does not extend to men; only 36 percent of men have a “very unfavorable” view of Trump, a statistic that has remained consistent for months. Not surprisingly, Democratic women are far more likely to disapprove of Donald Trump than their Republican counterparts. Among Republican women, Donald Trump has retained a roughly 60 percent favorable rating throughout 2016.
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