Female candidates scrutinized more than men on likability, says pollster

Pollster Mallory Newall told Hill.TV on Wednesday that female candidates have to deal with the issue of likability on the campaign trail more so than male candidates.

"There is a certain likability threshold for women candidates that is expected of them," Newall, research director of Ipsos Public Affairs, told "What America's Thinking" host Jamal Simmons.

"Men don't necessarily have to meet that same, 'Well, do people like you?' threshold," she added.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE was often scrutinized during her 2008 and 2016 presidential bids for her demeanor, personality and appearance, at times more than her male opponents.

However, the field of women running in 2020 is much larger than previous election years, with candidates like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall More than one in 10 in new poll say men are 'better suited emotionally' for politics Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis MORE (D-Hawaii).

Jess McIntosh, a Clinton communications aide in 2016, told The Guardian last month that the field of women in the 2020 cycle has drawn attention to the likability question again, but in a different way compared to earlier presidential campaigns.

“I think in 2016, the idea that ‘likable’ was gendered wouldn’t have even come up. In 2019, people clearly recognized it and called it out,” McIntosh said. “The thing that makes me the most hopeful about intractably sexist media coverage is that with multiple women candidates in the race it becomes really obvious what women have to deal with.”

— Julia Manchester