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Poll says half of American women view Trump “very unfavorably”

By WITW Staff on March 17, 2016

While Donald Trump’s surge to become the Republican presidential candidate seems all but unstoppable, there is one group where he is seriously lacking in support: women. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found that some 50 percent of American women have a “very unfavorable” view of the frontrunner, up from 40 percent in October. If the numbers stay this way, the trend could prove an insurmountable problem in a potential presidential race against Hillary Clinton, as women traditionally turn out to the polls in higher rates than men. According to the new polling data, Clinton would beat Trump by nearly 14 percentage points with likely women voters, according to the March polling data. Trump has less of a problem with men, as only 36 percent of them claim to have a “very unfavorable” view of Trump, although Clinton would still win men by about 5 percentage points in a potential general election.

Women speaking to Reuters had very different reasons for disliking Trump, ranging from his “belittling” comments to women to his “childish” behavior towards other candidates and hard-line stances on immigration. “I think Trump is very scary,” 25-year-old Mariah Dobias, who voted in Ohio’s primary on Tuesday told Reuters. “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.” Nevertheless, the reality star and real estate billionaire still has plenty of support among certain groups of women, as some 60 percent of female Republicans view the man favorably.

Read the full story at Reuters.


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