GOP pollster says Republicans could use expanded child care to attract independents

Republican pollster Jim Hobart said in an interview that aired on Tuesday that the GOP could use the issue of expanded child care to draw in independent voters in the next presidential election. 

"It's something that does cut across party lines," Hobart, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"Republicans are supportive of it, but independents, the voters who are likely to decide the election, they're supportive of it as well," he continued. 

Hobart used the example of the president's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Jane Fonda says she feels 'sad' for Trump Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills MORE's support for expanded child care. 

"Ivanka Trump has also been very out front," he said. "She's worked with Sen. [Marco] Rubio [R-Fla.] on longer, paid family leave too." 

"I think she has certainly taken this as an issue, and politically it's smart," he added. 

The issue of universal day care is playing a growing role in the Democratic presidential campaign. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (D-Mass.) unveiled her universal child care proposal last month, calling for the federal government to team up with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and others to establish a network of child care options. 

— Julia Manchester