Twice as many women than men think a woman can't beat Trump in 2020

Joseph Gilroy • Jan 28, 2020 at 11:45 PM

The latest CNN poll shows there are still a lot of Americans who think a woman can’t beat a man in a presidential race. While this isn’t breaking news for many who are mindful of gender and politics, what’s telling is that the percentage of women who doubt a woman can win the Oval Office is more than double the proportion of men who say so.

One in five women say a woman cannot win the presidency; nine percent of men say the same.

The data was released just as the conversation expands about sexism in national politics during an election that, until recently, has seen relatively less of that conversation than the 2016 election.

In a social media post, Reflector readers chimed in with their opinions on whether a female could win a presidential election. Area respondents weighed in with a heavy majority doubting a woman could win the presidency in 2020.

Heath Cleary, of Monroeville, said on the post that he thinks Trump has the 2020 election “locked up.” 

”Personally I feel Trump has it locked up for 2020, but if the democratic party wants to give him a run for his money you would put Tulsi Gabbard and mayor Pete on the ticket,” he wrote. “I don't vote for a party, I vote for the best candidate that reflects my values and would be the best person for America in my opinion.”

GW Wilson disagreed with Cleary’s assertion Gabbard and Buttigieg could be on the same ticket with vastly differing viewpoints.

“Heath Cleary, interesting,” he said. “Those two have juxtaposed policy positions in several concerns, is that what you’re considering, a balanced ticket between your values? I like Yang & Tulsi best, but I feel President Trump has proven unstoppable.”

Tim Graham, of Huron, was in the minority and listed three candidates that he thought could win in 2020.

“Tulsi (Gabbard) could win if she got the democratic nomination, it's unlikely that she will,” he said. “Warren could, but I'm not sure how well she would debate Trump. If Trump can't run, then maybe Elise Stefanik could win.”

Despite the progress women have recently made in politics — record-breaking numbers of women were sent to Congress and state capitals after the 2018 midterms — the topic became a centerpiece discussion once again on the heels of the Elizabeth Warren campaign accusing Bernie Sanders of telling Warren he didn’t believe a woman could win a presidential election.

Sanders denied the accusations. “It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” he said.

Warren addressed the issue by releasing a statement where she recounted her version of a private meeting she had with Bernie Sanders.

“Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate,” Warren said. “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed. I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry. I’m in this race to talk about what’s broken in this country and how to fix it — and that’s what I’m going to continue to do. I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason.”

In 2016, Hillary Clinton garnered a record 65,583,514 votes — 2,868,686 more than Donald Trump — and lost the electoral college 304-227.