Pollster says appeal of women candidates to woman voters is overestimated

Pollster Dalia Mogahed on Friday told Hill.TV that she believes people tend to overestimate the appeal of women candidates to women voters. 

"I think we sometimes overestimate the appeal of a woman candidate to women. We saw that with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats battle for Hollywood's cash The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE," Mogahed, director of research at the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"Women are really voting for their policies, or for electability. They are not necessarily voting for someone's gender," she continued. 

"I think we have to not overestimate the way that just simply gender plays a role. I think women voters are looking for somebody who's going to beat Trump. I think that's going to be their primary priority here," she said. 

In the 2016 presidential election, Clinton, the Democratic nominee, notably lost certain groups of women to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE

Fifty-two percent of white women cast votes for Trump in 2016, while 43 percent said they voted for Clinton, according to a CNN exit poll.

"A majority of white women didn't vote for another white woman who was running," she said. 

There are various high-profile women running or considering a presidential bid in 2020, including Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWhite House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day MORE (N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (Minn.). 

— Julia Manchester