Eighty percent of Democratic women — and 46% of independent women
— think President Donald Trump should be impeached,
a new report from the Public Religion Research
Just 60% of Democratic men — and 32% of independent
men — agree.
This gender gap reflects a dramatic difference in how men
and women in both parties view Trump. Women’s approval of the
president is 14 points lower than men’s approval. And women
view Trump less favorably than they have any
president for the last 64 years.
Democratic and left-leaning women are also significantly more
pessimistic about the country’s future than men with their same
political orientation, according to
April Pew polling.
But while women’s political activity has spiked on the left,
there’s no evidence that this has discouraged liberal men
from joining the ranks of the resistance.
“There’s nothing to suggest that Democratic men have felt
marginalized,” Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and
Politics Institute at American University, told Business Insider.
“It’s just that Democratic women have really grabbed the bull by
the horns and said, ‘We’re going to do everything we can to push
back against this agenda.'”
Dittmar said she thinks progressive men might be deferring to
women and people of color, given that these groups often feel
targeted by Trump’s rhetoric and agenda.
“It’s a complicated position for men because Trump’s whole
positioning of himself is within a context of male
dominance,” Kelly Dittmar, a professor at Rutgers
University’s Center for American Women and Politics, told
Business Insider. “He’s putting forth this idea that the
manliest people are best — they’re the best to speak
and they’re the best to make policy, and so I think that
creates the sense among some progressive men that, perhaps, we
don’t want to seem that way and therefore we want to make
sure that women are given as much power and voice in this
Dittmar argued that women in Congress are also getting more
attention and praise than their male colleagues are for speaking
out against Trump.
Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who wrote a book about
women voters with top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway,
said women are more concerned than men are with Trump’s
unfiltered, sometimes bombastic rhetoric and behavior.
“For men, there’s a substantive concern,” Lake said. “For women,
there’s a stylistic and substantive concern.”
But while Trump lost the female vote by 12 points in
November, he won a majority — 53% — of white women voters and 64%
of non-college educated white women, to some pollsters’
“That was the sort of big myth of the election, that all of a
sudden white women were voting for Democrats,” Dittmar said. “We
knew that white women had voted consistently Republican in the
last few elections.”
And that hasn’t changed — at least, not yet.
There’s not much of a gender gap among Republican voters on the
issue of impeachment. While Republican women are slightly less
favorable of Trump, they largely agree with their male
counterparts. Just 9% of GOP women and 4% of men say Trump
should be impeached.
“Party polarization has become the biggest force in American
politics,” Lawless said. “There’s a little bit more room for
dismay among Republican women than Republican men, but still just
Lawless added that Republican women’s views might be shifting in
the aftermath of Trump’s controversial response to this
month’s violent white supremacist protest in
Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one female protester
“With something as blatantly obvious as his botching of the
Charlottesville response, [Republican women] might see even more
freedom to move away from their approval or their support for
Trump,” Lawless said. “Because at this point, removing him from
office doesn’t mean that they get Hillary Clinton, it would
mean that they get Mike Pence.”