For some puzzling reason, the effort to elect Donald Trump our president and leader faces a massive gender gap.
A new CNN poll released Thursday, taken before the spat with rival Ted Cruz over his wife, found that 73 percent of registered female voters in the United States had an unfavorable view of Trump. That’s in line with a Reuters poll from last week that found more than half of American women hold a “very unfavorable” view of the billionaire.
“That gives him a huge number of voters he has to make up from somewhere,” said American University political science professor Karen O’Connor. “And I don’t know where they will come from.”
To repeat that, according to the most recent CNN poll 73 percent of American women have an "unfavorable" view of Donald Trump. That poll is matched by an NBC poll putting the number at 70 percent, and even that may be underestimating the antipathy America’s women hold toward the walking septic tank that is Donald Trump.
Nearly a third of Republican women say they would feel "upset" if Trump won the nomination. Forty-one percent say they'd feel "enthusiastic," yes, but that 31 percent who would feel upset is clearly out of line with the responses for other candidates.
When a third of Republican-voting women say they'd be outright "upset" to see a particular Republican candidate win the nomination—a number that's about double what it is for the other remaining Republican candidates, even though those other remaining Republican candidates have made a conspicuous point of mentioning the various ways they’ll be reining in women’s rights, if they get put in charge of things—the campaign may have a wee problem on their hands.
It's true that Trump is still winning, so his coalition of fellow walking septic tanks is, at this point, clearly stronger than any other coalition the party has been able to put together. But we'll file this under some much-needed good news: If Republicans actually nominate this loon, as seems increasingly likely, numbers like that suggest he will indeed still have a steep road to an actual November win. That’s good news for our side, at least?
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