Donald Trump’s presidency began with millions of women taking to the streets in cities around the country and the world to demonstrate against the former reality TV star. Some four months into his first term, women still aren’t feeling optimistic about his leadership, Pew Research noted Monday.
Just 29 percent of women said they have “quite a lot” of confidence in the future of the United States, according to a study Pew performed in April. In October 2015, that figure was 43 percent.
Under Trump, however, men have apparently grown more optimistic about the country, with 53 percent saying they feel “quite a lot” of confidence in the future of the U.S., up six percentage points from October 2015.
Republicans, predictably, have more confidence in the country under Trump than Democrats. But while 72 percent of GOP men feel optimistic about the future of America, just 44 percent of women who identify as Republicans or Republican-leaners felt the same. This is a trend that has held true since the November election, when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the women’s vote by about 14 percentage points while Trump won the vote among men by 12.5 percentage points.
Many on the left and others have claimed Trump’s presidency has been hostile toward women. Under the health care plan he’s backed, for instance, Planned Parenthood would lose funding, Medicaid coverage for births would be diminished and services such as mammograms, birth control and prenatal and maternity care would be at risk, The New York Times noted in an editorial over the weekend.
Trump’s treatment of women, including his many insults aimed their way, was a major issue during the campaign. Perhaps most notably, a tape revealed the now-president bragging about what would amount to sexual assault to Entertainment Tonight host Billy Bush in 2005.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump is heard saying on the tape. “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
The Pew survey interviewed 1,501 adults on the telephone from April 7 through April 11. The full sample of respondents had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.