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 Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE (D-Mass.), a top-tier candidate, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Sanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard knocks Clinton's jab at Sanders: 'This isn't high school' The data is clear: A woman could win in 2020 'I Like Bernie' hashtag trends after Clinton criticizes Sanders MORE (D-Hawaii) and author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 race Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy MORE.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRep. Bobby Rush endorses Bloomberg's White House bid Actor Michael Douglas endorses Bloomberg for president Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover-up,' 'national disgrace' 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 GillibrandSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 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 TlaibDemocrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders 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