While the percentage of Republican women supporting Donald Trump remains in the double digits, female support for him in general is shrinking as women become increasingly disillusioned with the GOP, reports E. J. Graff of Politico. Trump and his party have accelerated this trend, lowering the percentage of women that support Republicans from 40% in 2014 to 25% in 2017. College-educated women are particularly starting to distance themselves from the GOP. Many of them are put off by Trump himself; he has made negative comments about women and stands accused of sexual assault by at least 22 women. The handling of the Kavanaugh allegations also drove away more female supporters.
Female support for the Republican party is growing, particularly in light of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, believes Margot Cleveland of USA Today. They saw how Democrats used unproven allegations by Christine Blasey Ford to undermine the judge. This partisanship was not only unfair to Kavanaugh himself but also diminished the voice of all sexual assault survivors, by pushing too far without the necessary evidence. Republican women saw this and will show what they think by voting in the midterms. They worry about the men in their lives being attacked with baseless allegations like Kavanaugh was. The GOP’s female support is strong.