Voters flocked to women candidates because they think they will ‘get things done,’ says pollster

Pollster Mallory Newall on Friday said that voters were drawn to women candidates in the 2018 midterms because of various qualities they exhibited, including a willingness to compromise. 

“What was really striking to me about this poll was the belief that women in politics get things done,” Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball on “What America’s Thinking,” referring to a new poll conducted by American University and the Benenson Strategy Group. 

“What I mean by that is a majority of women, two-thirds or more, saying that women politicians, those that were just elected, they believe will compromise more to get things done, will work hard, will fight for women, will fight for all Americans, and that’s something I think people were probably looking for in this election,” she continued. 

A total of 116 women were elected to Congress in the 2018 midterm elections, with 102 set to take their seats in the House in January and another 14 women set to make their way to the Senate. 

The American University survey, which was released earlier this week, showed 62 percent of female voters and 48 percent of male voters said that the increase in the number of women elected to Congress makes them more hopeful that they will work to overcome gridlock and get things done. 

— Julia Manchester

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