Donald Trump Is Already Losing Single Women by a Mile

 ·  Ethan Rosenberg, U.S. News and World Report   ·   Link to Article

KEY POINT: A recent poll commissioned by American Women shows single, unmarried women – across party lines – are unlikely to vote for Trump due to his verbal disrespect of women, even if they agree with his policy positions. This includes his having referred to women as “fat pigs,” “dogs,” slobs,” “disgusting animals,” and “bimbos.”

U.S. News and World Report: Donald Trump Is Already Losing Single Women by a Mile

Even if they agree with his policies, Trump's language will likely keep single women from voting for him.

With Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich out of the way, real estate mogul Donald Trump is finally free to pivot to the general election. For Trump, that means it’s time to start mending his relationship with the vast number of potential voters who detest him, particularly women.

A recent poll commissioned by American Women shows single, unmarried women – across party lines – are unlikely to vote for Trump due to his verbal disrespect of women, even if they agree with his policy positions. This includes his having referred to women as “fat pigs,” “dogs,” slobs,” “disgusting animals,” and “bimbos.”

 

 

American Women 

There are 32 million single, never married women in America of voting age, according to the most recent U.S. Census figures. That’s roughly a third of all women age 18 and up.

 

 

Ethan Rosenberg for USN≀ Source: U.S. Census

Fortunately for Trump, he still has six months to go before the general election, which means he could make up some ground he’s already lost. The same American Women poll shows eight in 10 single women are likely to back a candidate who would protect women’s access to reproductive health care, including birth control. Fifty-six percent of single women are more likely to support a candidate who is pro choice and another eight in 10 are more likely to back a candidate who supports equal pay for women.

These are complicated areas for Trump. At an October 2015 appearance at a No Labels conference, Trump was asked if he’d support equal pay, to which he responded “You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job.”

During an MSNBC town hall, Trump said that women who receive illegal abortions should be subject to some form of punishment – a statement he later walked back.

However, Trump is already starting his general election campaign in a deep hole. He is the second least-favorable candidate ever polled by ABC/Washington Post in their 30 years of candidate polling. The only candidate less popular than Trump was former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, who ran for president in 1992.

A CNN poll released in the hours following Trump’s decisive Indiana primary win has the presumptive GOP nominee losing to his likely Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton, by 13 points.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party has hardly embraced its candidate. In February, the New York Times reported Senate Majority Mitch McConnell would grant permission to Senators up for re-election to air negative ads against Trump to separate themselves from the candidate. Arizona John McCain has already acknowledged his re-election hopes are damaged by Trump’s status as the nominee.

 

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