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Women Are Really Not into America Right Now

Only 29 percent of all American women say they have "quite a lot of confidence" in the direction of the country.

by Lauren Messman
15 May 2017, 7:27pm

Photo via Flickr user Daniel X. O'Neil

According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, female attitudes toward the future of the country have taken a serious nosedive following the election of a president who's bragged openly about groping women.

In 2015, about half of all men and women in America said they had "quite a lot of confidence in the future of the US"—47 and 43 percent, respectively. But now, while there are more men who share that sentiment (53 percent), only 29 percent of all women feel the same. The confidence dip hit Democrat women the hardest—which fell from 48 percent in 2015 to just 20 percent in 2017.

Unsurprisingly, Republican men have gained the biggest confidence boost over the last two years, riding high at 72 percent today, whereas only 43 percent felt "quite" confident about the country's direction in 2015. Conservative women also grew more confident, but not by much—up 44 percent today from 36 percent two years ago.

The gender gap in confidence mirrors the gender gap the country saw during the 2016 election, where Hillary Clinton got 13 percent more of the female vote than Donald Trump—the widest gap since 1972. Since then, Trump hasn't done much to quell the confidence of American women. His overall approval rating continues to slide, now sitting at just 39 percent, with whopping 60 percent of all women disapproving of the job he's done so far, according to Pew.

It's not a total shock that women are feeling pretty Handmaid's Tale since Trump was sworn in. Not only did he become president despite his lack of experience or the now infamous Access Hollywood tape, but numerous women came forward during the campaign accusing him of sexual harassment. Vice President Pence is staunching anti-abortion, and HHS head Tom Price expressed doubt that women have a hard time getting birth control. The House just passed a new healthcare bill with Trump's support that would defund Planned Parenthood and since it's gotten to the Senate, not one female lawmaker has been asked to help amend it.

It doesn't look like there's anything Ivanka Trump can say or do to convince people her dad is truly a "champion" for women, either, after getting booed in Germany recently for trying to defend him.