Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public office in the US
A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.
In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female voters said men seeking political office have a competitive edge compared to other demographics. Another 5 percent of female respondents said male candidates actually face a political disadvantage, while 30 percent said they have neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.
Overall, 60 percent of respondents said male candidates have the upper hand, compared to 8 percent who thought otherwise.
Though a number of female candidates have since dropped out, the survey comes amid a record number of female Democrats running for president.
There are currently four female candidates seeking the Democratic nomination: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a top-tier candidate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and author Marianne Williamson.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) dropped out of the race in December after months of low polling numbers and lack of sufficient campaign funds. The move came nearly four months after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) ended her own presidential bid after similarly struggling to gain traction among voters.
Click here to read the full article published by The Hill on 2 January 2019.