Category: News Tracking

Michigan Women Who Voted for Trump: Our Issues Aren’t Gender Specific

Lindsey Smith, Michigan Public Radio – November 15, 2016

With the first female presidential candidate on the ballot this election, it was widely expected women would turnout in large numbers for Hillary Clinton. Most did. But exit polls still show 42% of women backed Trump. White, non-college educated women voted for Trump 2 to 1.

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Women Aren’t Responsible for Hillary Clinton’s Defeat

Clare Foran, The Atlantic – November 13, 2016

Women failed Hillary Clinton—and none more so than white women. That idea has congealed into conventional wisdom in the aftermath of the election. Vanity Fair published an article titled: “Why Hillary Clinton Couldn’t Win Over Female Voters” while Time ran a story headlined: “Why So Many Women Abandoned Hillary Clinton.” Slate declared: “White Women Sold Out the Sisterhood and the World by Voting for Trump.” Samantha Bee had harsh words for white women, too. “A majority of white women, faced with the historic choice between the first female president, and a vial of weaponized testosterone said, ‘I’ll take Option B. I just don’t like her,’” she said, scathingly, in an episode of Full Frontal. The accusation leveled at women voters is clear: They didn’t just betray the woman who tried to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling, they also failed each other.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: White Women Vote Republican

Jane Junn, Politics of Color – November 13, 2016

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, one piece of data from voter exit polls has been particularly surprising for Clinton supporters: 53% of white women voted for Trump compared with 43% for Hillary Clinton. This statistic has been met with disappointment and criticism: “Fellow white women, I’m done with you,” (Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, Huffington Post), “Self-loathing. Hypocrisy. And, of course, a racist view of the world that privileges white supremacy over every other issue.” (L.V. Anderson, Slate).

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Why Women Did Not Unite to Vote Against Donald Trump

Claire Cain Miller, New York Times – November 12, 2016

Women were predicted to come out in force to vote for the first female president and against a man who demeaned them and bragged about sexual assault. Instead, they voted more or less as they always have: along party lines.

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For Trump, Support from White Women Voters Proved Critical

Caitlin McCabe and Maddie Hanna, Philadelphia Inquirer – November 12, 2016

In a campaign where Donald Trump drew scorn for having called women slobs, unattractive, and dumb, the thinking went that even party faithfuls like Lodise would abandon the GOP nominee and rally behind the first female with a realistic chance to be president, one painting herself as an advocate for women and children.

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The Real ‘Shy Trump’ Vote – How 53% of White Women Pushed Him to Victory

Lois Beckett, Rory Carroll, Carmen Fishwick, Amber Jamieson, and Sam Thielman, The Guardian – November 10, 1016

For months, the image of the Donald Trump’s supporter has been the face of an angry white man. But it was white women who pushed Trump to victory. Rejecting the candidate who had aimed to be America’s first female president, 53% of white women voted for Trump, according to CNN exit polls.

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Clinton Couldn’t Win Over White Women

Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight – November 9, 2016

Suffragette white. Hillary Clinton wore it in the biggest moments of her campaign: when she clinched the Democratic primary, when she accepted her party’s nomination, when she made her final debate appearance. The subtle sartorial symbolism was paired with the more explicit campaign message of Clinton as a tireless striver for women and families. Throughout these many months, the Clinton team made it clear that they believed her historic candidacy had the potential to sway portions of the electorate, most especially women voters. They were counting in no small part on the support of sisterhood.

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The Gender Gap in this Election Could Be the Biggest in at Least 60 Years

Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR – November 4, 2016

History could be made in next week’s election — not only in the possibility of electing the first female president, but in the possibility of the largest gender voting gap in the modern era. Women have voted far more heavily Democratic than men in presidential elections since 1996, and the biggest gap thus far has been in 2000, when women preferred Al Gore over George W. Bush by 10 points, while men chose Bush over Gore by 11 points — a 21-point total gap. This year’s gender gap could be even wider, if recent polls are any guide.

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