Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public office

A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female voters said men seeking political office have a competitive edge compared to other demographics. Another 5 percent of female respondents said male candidates actually face a political disadvantage, while 30 percent said they have neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.

Overall, 60 percent of respondents said male candidates have the upper hand, compared to 8 percent who thought otherwise.

Though a number of female candidates have since dropped out, the survey comes amid a record number of female Democrats running for president.

There are currently four female candidates seeking the Democratic nomination: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.), a top-tier candidate, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHarris faces biggest moment in spotlight yet Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film MORE (D-Hawaii) and author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention Fewer people watched opening night of Democratic convention compared to 2016 Marianne Williamson: Democratic convention 'like binge watching a Marriott commercial' MORE.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming Jennifer Aniston: 'It's not funny to vote for Kanye' MORE (D-Calif.) dropped out of the race in December after months of low polling numbers and lack of sufficient campaign funds. The move came nearly four months after Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandInternal Democratic poll: Desiree Tims gains on Mike Turner in Ohio House race Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize MORE (D-N.Y.) ended her own presidential bid after similarly struggling to gain traction among voters.

But this wave of women candidates is nothing new. The 2018 midterm elections were dubbed the “Year of the Woman,” after more than 100 women were elected into the House. This record number included some firsts, including the first Muslim women — Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (D-Mich.) and Illhan Omar (D-Minn.) — to ever be elected into Congress.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 1,004 registered voters nationwide. It has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn