For the first time in history, the US is close to electing a female president, yet many women across the political spectrum don’t like Hillary Clinton. Her gender isn’t enough on its own to win their vote and for others its irrelevant.
Point of view
"She is extremely qualified, more qualified than anybody out there to be able to do the job."Clinton delegate
“I’m a Bernie delegate because I’m a part of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But in the end what does it mean? We are going to support the ticket and what next level of progress but to nominate a woman and she is going to be president.”
Some caricature Clinton as a military hawk and a monied fat cat and complain she’s off track on issues affecting low-income women and immigrants. However others just want to see a female commander-in-chief.
“I think a lot of people are extraordinarily excited. I am – and I’m not a woman and I don’t have a daughter. I’m still excited about it,” said former governor of Pensylvania, Ed Rendell.
“She is extremely qualified, more qualified than anybody out there to be able to do the job. So, yes, around the world had there been other women presidents; I don’t know why we are so far behind on this as a country,” commented Clinton delegate, Courtney La Bau.
“Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 27, 2016
And she will be a great president.” —Meryl Streep https://t.co/nCOhgJmzNz
So does euronews Correspondent Stefan Grobe think playing the woman’s card will be enough?
“If Hillary Clinton wins the women’s vote by wide margins, her victory is almost certain. But in order to do that, she needs to overcome her highly negative image. It certainly helps that there is one man even more unpopular: Donald Trump.”
According to GALLOP Clinton’s image is at it’s lowest point in two years:* 38% view Hillary Clinton favourably, 57% unfavourably. * Her favourable percentage was 55% as recently as two years ago
Whereas by gender, another poll says 44% of women will vote for Clinton and 36% will vote for Trump.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party establishment is confident that there is a wave of enthusiasm that will carry Clinton to the White House. Their polls suggest that the 2016 election will see the biggest gender gap in decades with women favoring Clinton by almost a 60-40 percent margin.