Why women are rejecting Hillary's campaign

Kimberley Ross:
Hillary Clinton's "history making" turn as the first female presidential candidate of a major political party (if we discount Victoria Woodhull's candidacy in 1872) hasn't been a home run among one group: women.

Poor Hillary. Women in general haven't been as enamored with the glass ceiling as your typical gender studies major feminist. It could be sexism, but it isn't. Disliking Mrs. Clinton has everything to do with the dishonesty rampant in her professional and personal life over many years. And if there's anything us women despise it's a serial liar among us.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, which Dan Spencer discussed here, is abysmal for both candidates, since they rate as two of the most unpopular candidates ever. For Hillary, though, the favorability shift from early to late August among women has been drastic. In early August she polled at 54% favorable and 43% unfavorable among her kind. As of late August her likeability among women had taken a 9 point hit, and had changed to 45% favorable and 52% unfavorable. That's quite a difference, and makes quite a statement, especially when you're celebrated as history-making and all that nonsense.

Even though a majority of women dislike Trump (we do), the same poll shows he rose in popularity among women, such as it is. Early August showed 26% favorable and 70% unfavorable among women. Late August shows his likeability had risen to 33% favorable and 65% unfavorable. Still heavily disliked, yes, but the polling results among women were actually in his favor and not hers in the year that's supposed to be hers.
Her innate dishonesty is hurting her with all groups, but the women fleeing her candidacy has to be disheartening for the Democrats who were counting on gender tribalism to push her across the finish line.  She still has a couple of months to fall further and her money advantage does not seem to be working for her either.


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