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 ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart 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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate 2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Lobbying world MORE (N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Progressive action group defends Warren over dodging of 'Medicare for all' questions The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis MORE (Minn.). 

— Julia Manchester