As White House scandals pile up, so does women’s disapproval

February 14, 2018

The most recent Washington Post-ABC poll, released February 10, has found that President Donald Trump’s approval from white women has fallen since his first 100 days. While most white women voted for Trump in 2016, his approval rating among that demographic has declined by 10 points—and strong disapproval of the president by this group has increased by 12 points, from 39% to 51%.

The women with whom Trump resonated most were white, without college degrees. Many of these women found his message championing traditional values and an economic message benefiting working-class families in Middle America more attractive than Hillary Clinton’s progressive promise to continue the Obama legacy, the researchers said.

However, as the number of scandals in the White House surges—with two resignations for spousal abuse just last week by Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Speechwriter David Sorenson—the women who supported Trump are fleeing in droves.

Yet, on February 9, a “tone-deaf” Trump defended Porter, saying, “He did a very good job while he was in the White House.”

He told reporters, “We found out about [the allegations from Porter’s ex-wives] recently, and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well, and it’s a tough time for him. He also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that.”

The POTUS did not directly address the statements of the ex-wives, as reported to the FBI staff that had conducted their security clearance interviews.

And despite former Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway’s attempts to divert attention by lauding the increase in jobs for white women under the Trump administration, nearly half (47%) of white women without degrees view the nation’s economy as not so good or poor, the poll found.

Most (65%) of these women do not believe that Trump is the “very stable genius” that he says he is. And the overwhelming majority (79%) of these women think sexual harassment of women in the workplace is a problem in America, the Post reported.

The most recent reports follow the scandal that surface in January, when headlines worldwide announced that Trump had carried on an affair with an adult film actress shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to son Barron—and had paid the woman hush money to deny the allegations.

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel delivered senior White House staff a memo at the end of 2017 showing how poorly the GOP was doing with women, the Post reports. These latest events will not reverse that trend.

Research contact: eugene.scott@washpost.com

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