‘M(Y) Vote’

Democratic and Republican women differ sharply on whether having women in power is a good thing

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A new poll from CBS News and Refinery29 has found that women’s feelings on the impact of increased representation of women in politics is divided decisively and dramatically on party lines. According to the poll, 76 percent of Democratic women said they believed having more women in politics is good for the country, a viewpoint that was supported by just 25 percent of Republican women and 39 percent of independents. Of women who felt that increased women’s representation was beneficial, 45 percent of younger women cited the need for a more diverse Congress. Older women who wanted to see more women in power were slightly less interested in diversity, but were more likely to say that having more women in the political system would make it function better and allow for more work to “get done.”

Other notable results from the poll showed that women between the ages of 18 and 35 were most likely to consider running for office, with nearly one in five young women expressing an interest in doing so. Support for first daughter Ivanka Trump was correlated with age and political affiliation, as 46 percent of young women who were polled indicated they they had an “unfavorable” view of her, 36 percent were undecided, and 18 percent responded that they viewed her favorably, with Republicans being markedly more likely to back the first daughter.

Ivanka Trump listens to her father U.S. President Donald Trump as he talks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. A new poll shows the first daughter and White House adviser is very unpopular among younger women. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Notions of feminism were also found to be divided on partisan lines, as 63 percent of young Democratic women identified as feminists compared to just 29 percent of Republican women. Similarly, young women were more likely to express optimism about the impact of the #MeToo movement and to back candidates who publicly support #MeToo.

The poll came as part of a larger project between CBS and Refinery29 called “M(Y) Vote,” which is meant to examine the role that millenial women will play in the upcoming midterm elections in November. Speaking with CBS at a roundtable of six Democratic and Republican millennial women voters from Pennsylvania, both sides engaged in a difficult conversation about the polarization of politics in the country, and how sharply differing opinions on race, immigration and feminism had been brought to the forefront by the election of Donald Trump.

Watch video of the roundtable below.

Read the full story at CBS News.

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