A new poll shows Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton opening a 23-point lead among women, widening her overall lead coming out of the party conventions.
In the ABC News/Washington Post poll, released Aug. 7, Clinton leads among women, beating Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump among this group 58 to 35 percent. Before the conventions, Clinton’s lead among women was 14 points.
Clinton now leads by 8 points overall with 50 percent of registered voters surveyed reporting that they expect to vote for her in a two-candidate race. She was leading by only a few points heading into the conventions.
In a race widened to include Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party, Clinton still leads by 8 points with 45 percent of the electorate.
ABC identifies white, college-educated women as one of the main demographics responsible for the shift toward Clinton. This group was split fairly evenly before the conventions, but now leans toward Clinton by 19 points.
An Aug. 8 Monmouth University poll analysis identified white, college-educated women as a crucial voting bloc for Clinton. That poll shows Trump holds significant leads among white men of all education levels and white women without a college degree, but he is trailing Clinton 30 points among white women with a college degree 27 to 57 percent. Four years ago, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won this group by 6 points.
Clinton now leads by 6 points among college-educated whites, a demographic that the Democrats haven’t won in exit polls since 1976.
Politico also identified voter disapproval of Trump’s response to criticism by the Khans, parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. Of those polled, 73 percent total and 59 percent of Republicans said they disapprove of Trump’s statements about the Khan.