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 ClintonSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Hillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US 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 TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 WarrenSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together MORE (N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks MORE (Minn.). 

— Julia Manchester