Half of u. s. women have ‘very unfavorable’ view of trump – poll – zawya

Several women who oppose Trump, interviewed by



week, said their disapproval was based on a range of factors

from his disparaging comments about women he dislikes – such as

Fox News host Megyn Kelly – to his hard-line views on

immigration and his ribald exchanges with rivals.

“I think Trump is very scary,” said Mariah Dobias, a

25-year-old cook who was voting in Ohio’s primary on Tuesday.

“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


Carolyn Hostetler, a conservative from Tennessee, told


she disliked “the way he has belittled women.”

Some of Trump’s female supporters, meanwhile, said they

liked his straight talk, and believe he could strengthen

America’s position on the world stage.

“He’s a little unpredictable, as we’ve seen,” said Kathleen

Douglas, a 65-year-old college professor from Winter Park,

Florida who supports Trump. “He’s going to put other world

leaders on edge.”

Trump does not have a similar image problem with men. The

Reuters/Ipsos polling results showed that just 36 percent of men

said they have a “very unfavorable” opinion of Trump, a level

that has held steady in recent months.

Republican women are also much more likely to approve of

Trump, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. Among women who

identify as Republican, he has been holding around 60 percent

favorability since the start of the year.

Trump’s relative appeal among men versus women was evident in the most recent round of nominating contests on Tuesday, when

Trump extended a broad lead over rivals.

In Florida, exit polls conducted by Edison Research showed

that Trump’s support among Republican women voters was 40

percent, versus 52 percent among males. In Ohio, where Trump

came in second to the state’s governor, John Kasich, 33 percent

of women voters backed Trump, compared with 40 percent of men.

If the GOP frontrunner were to run against Democratic

hopeful Hillary Clinton in the general election, likely women

voters would support Clinton over Trump by nearly 14 percentage

points, according to the March polling data. Among men, Clinton

would win by about 5 percentage points.

At a precinct in Florida’s Winter Park, Darlene Monzadeh, a

52-year-old stay-at-home mom who had been a supporter of Jeb

Bush, said Trump lost her vote during a debate when he exchanged

potshots with his rivals.

“It changed my opinion. When they catfight all the time and

act like little boys, pointing fingers, raising voices,” she

said, adding she now supports Kasich.

Trump has been accused by critics of misogyny since he

launched his campaign. He complained last year that Fox News

host Megyn Kelly had asked him tough questions in a debate and

referred to “blood coming out of her wherever.” He more recently

sent a Twitter post suggesting she was a “bimbo.”

He has called television personality Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig” and made fun of former presidential rival and ex-HP chief

executive Carly Fiorina’s face, saying, “Would anyone vote for


An anti-Trump attack ad launched by the Our Principles Super

PAC this week featured women repeating words that Trump has used

to describe women, including “fat pig” and “dog.”

Several of his female supporters defended Trump against the ad on social media.

(Additional reporting by Cassandra Garrison in Ohio, Amy

Tennery in New York, Barbara Liston in Florida, Colleen Jenkins

in North Carolina; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Alan


((richard. valdmanis@thomsonreuters. com ; +1 617 312 6022;



richard. valdmanis. thomsonreuters. com@reuters. net))

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