One theme this election cycle is the role that women will play in the defeat of Donald Trump. With BNR’s hashtag #WomenTrumpDonald gaining popularity on Twitter, we wanted to examine what the polling has to say on women and their attitudes toward Trump. 

According to the most recent Public Policy Polling poll, Donald Trump only has a 24% favorability rating with women. In 2012, women made up the bulk of the electorate, at 53% vs. 47% male.

Source: CNN Exit Poll, 2012

Let’s look at three Trump comments and match them with poll numbers.

CHOICE: Donald Trump said that women who seek abortions should be subject to “some form of punishment.” (NYT March 30, 2016)

  • Gallup Poll May 22, 2016: 51% of women are pro-choice, 40% pro-life. Even among those who are against abortion, the idea of punishing the woman is a relatively fringe idea.

EQUAL PAY: Donald Trump responded to a woman asking about the income disparity between men and women: “You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job.”

  • Ipsos Mori Poll 2015: 58% of women flagged equal pay as one of the key workplace challenges and 4 in 10 women ranked it the most important issue in the workplace.

FAMILY LEAVE: Donald Trump on Paid Family Leave: “Well, it’s something that’s being discussed. I think we have to keep our country very competitive so you have to be careful of it, but certainly there are a lot of people discussing it.”

  • Lake Research Jan 31, 2016: 85% of women would favor 12 weeks of mandatory paid family leave.

Women are the most powerful voting demographic and these three examples demonstrate why Trump is seen as squarely against their concerns.

(Photo: Hillary for America)