October 26th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Gender gap on views toward Clinton

CNN's Candy Crowley takes a look at what the latest poll indicates about Clinton's support.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Men and women often don’t see eye to eye. And when it comes to Hillary Clinton, there’s no exception.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll out Thursday finds that most Americans see the senator from New York as a strong leader and a likeable person who can work well with both parties, but there’s a big gender gap when it comes to several of Clinton’s key characteristics.

Close to 68 percent of those questioned see the Democratic presidential front runner as a strong leader, with 63 percent saying Clinton’s likable, 61 percent agreeing that she can work with both parties, and 57 percent feeling that Clinton cares about people.

“The good news for Hillary Clinton is that a large majority of both men and women see her as a strong leader—71 percent for women, 65 percent for men. If there was a worry that there would be a huge gender gap on leadership, this poll shows that Clinton’s work to erase that is having some effect,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

But those numbers drop when it comes to believability, honesty and trustworthiness, and admiration and it appears that the gender gap is behind the drop.

"Americans are more closely divided on whether she is honest and trustworthy, shares their values, and agrees with them on important issues,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “There are big differences between men and women on several key characteristics which may shed some light on how many votes she might win from women - and how many she might lose from men - if she becomes the first woman to win a major party's presidential nomination.”

The most dramatic difference among the sexes is over admiration. Nearly 57 percent of women questioned say Clinton is someone they admire. Only 41 percent of men feel the same way.

"There is also a gender gap on two measures that may foreshadow how the general election campaign will shape up if Clinton gets that far. A majority of women say that Clinton agrees with them on issues, but only 48 percent of men feel that way. 55 percent of women say she shares their values; only 45 percent of men agree. Clinton's biggest strength - and an important one in wartime - is that 68 percent of all Americans believe she is a decisive leader," Holland said.

1,212 adult Americans were questioned from October 12 through 14. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points for the overall numbers and four and a half percentage points for the gender subsets.

- CNN’s Paul Steinhauser and Keating Holland

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Colleen,ny

    Hillary will win, no question about it. Futhermore I know of at least eight people who are voting for her in ny & nj.

    October 27, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Come along now James, your side spent years claiming that W is a strong leader because he never admits a blunder. His inability to act without his handlers permission is portrayed as resolve. Some hate her because they want women to be barefoot and pregnate or be a suck up trophy wife without their own identity & sold to a drunken millionaire, like Laura. Now I have to agree with those that do not like her immigration position. All the Dems and most of the main line Repugs have the same one as far as I can see. But Kerry is about 14 times the man Bush every will be, McCain, now going senile, is more like 18-20 times Bush. So don't hate Hillary for being a woman, or married to Bill or assertive or being only about 4 times the man Bush is. She is willing to accept the thankless task of picking up the shattered pieces of this economy and our international reputation. Most runing against her from the right agree with W that things are great. That is an easy distinction to see past.

    October 27, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. melody, Snohomish, wa

    i had some doubts about hillary until i went and listened to her talk here in seattle. She made some very good points. Some of which i had already thought of. She used no notes and was very well received here in seattle. Hillary is very capable of being the next president. and i beleive she will be our next president to get this country on the right track. For the most part people are listening to the republicans remors. Get involved dont just listen to rumors and keep spreading them. Get out and enlighten yourselves.

    October 27, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. lynn, vancouver, bc

    Hey Randy'
    Seeing as you asked...the Canadian health care system is working well for me and mine and has a higher than 75%approval rating across Canada. The strength of our system is that we have a universal plan and we can work within it to improve it. I don't think of it as socialism but a cultural value.

    As to higher taxes, we are consistently paying down our debt resulting in a stronger dollar as well as not living way beyond our means and passing on a huge debt to our children and grandchildren due to selfishness and shortsighted policies.

    October 27, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    Hillary Clinton is strong, capable and ready to be President.

    I'm a moderate Democrat whose beliefs fall along the lines of the fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

    If those of you who bash Hillary took the time to do your homework, you'd see that her policies will be sound, her leadership open and inclusive.

    Those of you who harp on her staying with Bill after the finger wagging incident, well, get real. Those are big ol glass houses most of you live in.

    Sanctity of marriage, give me a break. How sanctified is marriage when nearly 50% of marriages end up un divorce. Come on! STAY OUT OF THEIR MARRIAGE. How'd you like someone putting their big ol nosey noses in your private life. He did it, they worked it out, GET OVER IT!

    If the neo cons had their way, the likes of Larry Craig and Mark Foley would be the marriage police. Of course they'd be policing you while they run amuck.

    I wonder if we will ever get to a place in this great country where we all lived by the golden rule (Treat others only in ways that you're willing to be treated in the same exact situation").

    My darkest concern is that we continue on this path of destructive politicking and mis-information from our government.

    Many people seem to be OK with accepting this secret society leadership. I am not.

    This administration is moving America into a catastrophic and indeed cataclysmic confrontation with all the dialogue and threats of World War III.

    If I were a conspiracy theorist I might consider the motive was to justify this fascist administration's basis for cancelling our next election.

    I think Hillary will make a great President if we have the opportunity to vote.

    October 27, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. pam Eugene, OR

    Wow CNN! I am really impressed with you for a change. There are MANY negative Hillary comments here and you let them stay up. Good job of playing both sides fairly. Thanks.
    That being said...I am a baby boomer, female dem and would never ever consider voting for Hillary even if no one else was running. I would love to see a woman in the WH. I think that a female could do a great job as President. It just can not be Hillary. She is way too divisive. Even the posters here are at each other. It is just shameful and ugly. We need someone who can unite this country after so many years of anger and hatred. Hillary is not that person.
    Any democrat except Hillary!

    October 27, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Posted By Ann ME : October 27, 2007 2:20 am

    Are you really a woman or a chauvinist man in disguise????? I can't believe that a real woman would write something as sexist as what you have posted.

    Menopausal women are not to be trusted because they're too emotional and Hillary's hand would be shaking over the nyuclear button????? I don't know whether to laugh or cry at your statement. Lady, if that is indeed what you are, you're a disgrace to all other women!!!!

    October 27, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Craig, Carlsbad CA

    I am an Edwards supporter who can only thank the Clinton Bashers for 8 more years of Clinton. You underestimated Bill and your hysterical rabid hatred played right into their hands and Bill turned out to be a B+ president to 65% of the American people. Now your hatred and hysteria simply makes their reasonableness look sane and professional especially after 8 years of massive incompetence on all levels. Its like the embargo on Cuba versus engagement with Russia one failed for 60 years but the kooks control the debate on Cuba where a bipartisan consistent voice had a different result.

    She will be an effective president and coming after Bush will look like a genius. All made possible by the overreaching hysteria of the Clinton Bashers

    October 27, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Jane

    Hillary's husband has the nerve to talk about naked Republicans. Because of him our country now have children committing oral sex on each other( and saying if President Clinton could do it so can I,..for he was our leader). After his terms of president of were over,... Why didn't he and Hillary move back to Arkansas? I still want to know what Vince Foster had on Hillary that it cost him his life?...after he threaten to reveal the secret? I want to know how can a dead man change the original clothing he was murdered in and also move his dead body to another location and position himself in a ciffin position? Are there policemen's death in Arkansas we do not know about that involved the ( William Jefferson Blythe VI) Clinton's? Is it true the Blythe/Clinton's have an open marriage,.. and that is why she remained with Bill after and during his affair with Monika? All I am wanting are asked questions and answered from the Blythe/Clinton's,.. William Jefferson and his wife Hillary. Buy the way The Democrats and the Republicans have a lot to be desired of them. They equally have shamed our nation and are not doing what they were elected to do,...and that is to do the will of the people,... and not what is on their personal agenda.

    October 27, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Julie Overvig Medford,Oregon

    What are the Democrats thinking We have a decent, intelligent candidate who has a plan to get out of the war, who has a son going off to fight the war, who has a proven track record of bringing both partys together to pass a bill, a candidate who moderate Republicans say they would vote for, who always does a great job in the debates, who all the other candidates think would make a great Secretary of State. Joe Biden should be the next President a decent man with experience and leadership and knowledge (No on the job training for this man). Now look, who we are showing in the polls (Hillary ) is the choice she got the money and the name and the baggage. Oh Goody another election lost .....

    October 27, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Yeha i dont give a root crap what hillary does,her personal life,that does not concern me one bit.her solid plans there concrete,if my family and my granchildren have better lives,like i had with bill clinton then im voting Hillary,ya gotta go up on taxes ,the bush adminstration has debt out of this world on social security,credit cards to pay for,im sure she is going to find lotts more debt we dont even no about.Im sure bill will help.when you have fiscal responsiblity agenda you live good.hillary all the way!!!!

    October 27, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Fair,Washington, DC

    I'm a democrat and I will be voting for whomever is the Democratic nominee...that being said I am voting for Hillary because I think she is the best candidate to win in the general election..will she win...only in Nov 08 will we know...polls, scmolls...after the last two elections who in their right mind would give polls much credence. I tell you what you can take from all these negative comments on Hillary...you know who the Republicans are afraid of. You won't get this much negativity on the other candidates cause they don't fear losing to any of them...yes ..even Obama. He's getting all the positives and good press now, but let him win the primary and he's gonna get his first taste of the Republican smear machine and we'll see if he has the "experience" that his folks like to brush off as a non-issue and take the punches, that will come...you can bet your paycheck on that, and keep it moving. Which is why Hillary is the best candidate, the Republicans have dug up the best dirt and she's still standing...don't know what skeletons Obama may or maynot have, but this election is too important too risk it. The female student from his college days that will surface out of the blue and say he was sexually aggressive, the paper he wrote years ago that might show a little too much pro-black rhetoric, the questionable handling of some kind of finances in Illinois...this is me acting like a Republican and showing just a few of the many tricks they have and will use when the gloves come off in the general election. True or not true unfortunately all there needs to be is the accusation and if he can't dispute it outright or dispute the spin that they will put on it...its lights out. His experience and his unknown factor are an issue to me and Democrats who want a Dem in 08 and its a risk we can't take. As much as you may ideally like the idea of voting for a candidate on his face value and his/her public political record its not he way the game is played and Democrats need to stop turning the other cheek and wake up to that fact.

    October 27, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Trevor Palmatier, Victoria, BC

    As an outsider (Canadian) who follows US politics religiously, it amazes me how blind Americans are when it comes to politics. Electing Bush for a second term after stealing the first election was a true mistake, shown now by the evidence, or lack thereof, of the Weapons of Mass Destruction. There is no other choice for America when it comes to re-establishing their global reputation, power, economic influence and status as the World's greatest super power. Hillary has got to be your next President.

    October 28, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Zach

    Why isn't anybody talking about the fact that Senator Obama didn't cast his vote on the Iran issue. Once again the media is letting him off the hook.

    October 28, 2007 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    I see that Jon in Sacremento has sucessfully repeated the party line. Please think about this. The comment by the Democrats in response is right. Both parties have there people in harms way. Just what do they think they can "do to help" on the ground. Are they goinmg to grab a shovel and compete with the fire fighters or a hammer and compete with Jimmy Carter in putting together homes? Or is it to be like W at ground zero and do a photo op? Or they could stay in Washington and do their jlobs, hopefully in a responsible way to pass the schipo law and provide decades over due coverage for more children. So what if the bill is not perfect? It can be adjusted later. The problem is that the medical companies scamming the country have sent their puppets orders and the puppets do not want to risk those juicy campaign donations. Funny thing about the 9-11 photo op, as soon as the spot light moved, Bush and Rudi turned their backs on the first responders and Hillary was inj the Senate doing her job to get them relief. Watch for the same scam in the schip game when Bush and his flunkies turn their back (again) on the poor. He has done it his whole public life. Yes, a handfull may sneak in for coverage and not be what most of us call poor, so what? That is a cowards excuse to take the existing coverage from many and deny it to more. Now if the Bushites could figure out how to get that money into their own pockets there would be a stampede to pass the bill regardless of flaws. So give Hillary and the people being responsible on this issue some well deserved credit.

    October 28, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Are you really Democrats?

    October 28, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  17. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Jane, are we to believe that Bill and his intern invented oral sex and that "children" never did that before? Not hardly but frommthe rest of your irrational GOP mud filled rant, reason does not seem to be a part of your appreoach. Let us fit a shoe on the other foot shall we? Chaney and Rummey clearly had a hand in planning 9-11 and flying the others from the middle east that had parts in it out on that airliner the next day. W being a small cog in their corrupt operations would never have been informed and that is why he was told to do nothing while he was reading My Pet Goat. Look at the time line of actions and movement of people without being confused by thwe Spin and rewriting of history be the same peopl. They biggest money bags supporter just happened to schedule a last minute private golf trip on a small, poorly known course that just happens to be in the shadow of an ABM complex out west instead of his nornmal place in the twin towers? Fuynny how the towers burst into flame even thought there were people seen standing in the hole that the airplane made shortly after the crash. And the missile that hit the Pentagon? Really, a hole only 16 feet wide from a big jet, that disintegrats on contact and the security cameras dissappeared within minutes, never to be seen again? Too much evidence to dispute, but they got away with 3000 murders and pinned it on Saddam. Now that is a rant and much more believable than your fantasy (since it is true).

    October 28, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. jmaya, iowa



    October 28, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Uma, mpls, MN

    Well said, y jmaya, iowa : October 28, 2007 1:25 pm

    Every time i read news about Obma and Edward it reminds me how badly they want to be president. Their campaign is nasty; never discuss about issues. I can't wait them get out from this race.

    October 28, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Joe, Healdsburg, Calif.

    What is Gloria Borger smoking? Even my liberal female friends are offended by H. Clinton. Or, this could be another piece where CNN disinforms.

    October 28, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Suzy Outer Banks NC

    First and foremost we don't believe in CNN for any truths. Secondly this household that was Democratic wouldn't vote for her and her baggage ever. I can't wait until another woman candidate comes up. Maybe next time but our votes in this house are up for anyone but Mrs. Clinton.

    October 28, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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