Cross-posted from Work It, Mom!
Yes, Hillary is ahead of her opponents in some of the polls — at the moment. And the reason she’s ahead is because more Democratic women voters favor her as a presidential candidate than any of the men of her party who are running. But take a closer look, and there’s an interesting tidbit I hadn’t focused on before.
According to a recent poll, the women who support Clinton are described as “lower-income, lesser-educated” women. In contrast, “highly educated” women are leaning toward Barack Obama, according to that same poll.
While I generally take what polls have to say with a grain of salt, especially this far out from the actual election, I’m wondering what we can glean from this about Hillary as a candidate. She’s apparently inspiring to voters between the ages of 18 and 44, but for the 45 and over category, as my seven-year-old would say, “Mmmm — not so much.”
As I mentioned before, I am not leaning toward Hillary at the moment. But that’s more because I question whether people are willing to elect her because of all the Clinton baggage rather than her positions on the issues.
No candidate running for office can be all things to all people and they do have to find a “base.” Don’t get me wrong — if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I will be voting for her. But there is something that’s clearly not resonating with women voters who are more like her in terms of education, age and economic status. I can’t quite put my finger on it — can you?