Still Divisive, Hillary Makes Headway

In new poll, older women more skeptical
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2007 9:03 PM CDT
Still Divisive, Hillary Makes Headway
Former President Bill Clinton points while talking to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., during a funeral service for former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Austin, Texas. Johnson, the widow of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was...   (Associated Press)

Women overall now see Hillary Clinton as a strong leader and positive role model, according to a new Times poll. Yet older, married women harbor doubts. And neither men nor women completely trust that she is saying what she believes, the poll found. Still, a majority thought she'd be elected if she won the Democratic nomination.

Clinton's s approval ratings have inched up over the last few months, though her disapproval ratings, at 40%, are higher than those of any other major candidate. The silver lining is that  women—who made up 54% of voters in the last presidential election—view her more favorably than men do and tend to agree with her on the issues. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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