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
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....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.