On the Hill Politics

Gender Gap Prominent in Support for Trump Impeachment

Recent polls have shown that American women support impeachment and removal from office by around 10 points more than men—a gender gap that is reflected in national politics as well.

Since the 2016 election women in the U.S. have led the fight against the rampant misogyny, racism, and xenophobia that is the hallmark of the presidency of Donald Trump. According to a Fox News poll from December 15, 54 percent of women surveyed strongly support impeachment.

By contrast, only 44 percent of men support the impeachment of President Trump. Trump’s overall approval ratings also reflect the gender gap. Polls show that only 32 percent of women approve of the president, while 52 percent of men approve of Trump.

One factor in the gender gap is party affiliation. Fifty-six percent of women identify as Democrats nationally, and 90 percent of Democrats support the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Women are leading the call for impeachment at every level. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been at the forefront of the impeachment proceedings. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), chairwoman of the House Finance Committee, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, have also been key players in the impeachment process. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) served as speaker pro tempore—a constitutional representative who presides during the absence of the Speaker of the House— and presided over the House debate about the articles of impeachment.

At the impeachment debate today, dozens of female Democratic House representatives gave impassioned speeches in support of the articles of impeachment, condemning Donald Trump’s conduct and citing the responsibility of Congress to uphold the Constitution and defend our democracy and the freedom and fairness of U.S. elections.

Sources: TWP 11/27/19; Vox 11/26/19; Denver Channel 12/18/19; Fox News 12/15/19

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