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 ClintonMatt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch 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 TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage Protect American patients and innovation from a harmful MedTech Tax increase MORE (Minn.). 

— Julia Manchester