The woman who is supposed to be President Trump’s “in” with women is not so much. Especially among millennial women. They really, really disapprove of Ivanka.
Among women age 18-34, only 21% have a favorable view of Ivanka Trump, while 52% have an unfavorable view according to a Survey Monkey poll.
“According to the survey, 39 percent of Americans overall have a favorable view of Ivanka Trump, while 37 percent have an unfavorable view, and 22 percent say they don’t know enough to say. (First lady Melania Trump matches Ivanka in popularity, with an identical approval rating of 39 percent, and an unfavorability rating of 33 percent.)”
In August of 2016, only 28% of women ages 18 to 34 said they had a favorable view of Ivanka Trump, while 42% had an unfavorable view, according to a Cosmopolitan/Morning Consult survey. So Ivanka has lost about 7% in approval and gained 10% in disapproval since August. A net 17% loss in what started out poorly.
It could be that millennials are much less prone to buying the “locker room talk” baloney about Trump’s sexual assaults. The culture around rape and sexual assault has changed for millennials; while it’s still happening, there isn’t as great of a tolerance for “rape culture” — and Donald Trump is walking rape culture.
Ivanka did better with older women and with men, naturally. She was designed by her father to target men, not women.
This same survey showed that the folks with the most visibility in the Trump camp are the most despised, like Kellyanne Conway with only 26% approving of her, only 25% approve of Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus is at 21%, and the white supremacist determined to destroy our government, aka, the conservative from Breitbart Steve Bannon is at a a very sad 20% of approval.
To put this mildly, America is not impressed with the Trump inner circle.
Ivanka Trump promised women voters that her father would fight for equal pay for equal work, but so far Trump has done nothing on this issue. “He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right along side of him,” Ivanka promised in the summer of 2016.
Instead of fighting for equal pay, Ivanka sat back while her father signed an executive order to give states the ability to defund Planned Parenthood, based on the conservative falsehood that they are “prolife,” even though taxpayer money doesn’t pay for abortions and abortions are a very slim percentage of what Planned Parenthood actually does.
Donald Trump has dropped the economic populism that allegedly propelled him into office on a shoestring. He’s morphing at warp speed into a neocon pro the haves and screw the have-nots Republican. Except Donald Trump doesn’t have judgement or stability. He is no George W Bush, for example. Trump’s foreign policy is all about his feelings at the moment, and is largely based on what I’m calling the Trump Doctrine of Act Now, Ask Later.
To put this in perspective, 72% viewed First Lady Michelle Obama favorably and just 22% viewed her unfavorably as she and her husband left the White House. And of course, Republican “partisanship” was much worse than Democrats in the past, as “Republican views of Michelle Obama are far less favorable than Democratic views of Laura Bush were eight years ago (when 56% of Democrats and Democratic leaners had a favorable view of her).”
Yes, Ivanka is not Trump’s wife, but she is functioning as the woman in the White House while taxpayers pay millions for Trump’s wife Melania to stay in New York. So in this sense and in the way the Trump campaign used her, Ivanka is the Trump women outreach person.
Ivanka Trump is the perfect ambassador to women in the Trump administration, because Trump has filled most publicly visible positions with the least qualified person he could find and millennial women can’t stand Ivanka Trump.
Trump’s secret weapon with young women is quickly losing what little ground she had.