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The 2016 general election is potentially shaping up to feature gender gaps that would prove unprecedented in recent memory, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University poll found Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, leading Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, by 4 points among likely voters nationwide.
But the gaps were far wider among male and female voters, potentially setting the stage for what Quinnipiac billed as a “titanic clash of the sexes.”
Fifty-one percent of male voters who were polled preferred Trump, while only 35% said they would back Clinton.
But Trump’s support among female voters is even lower than Clinton’s deficit among male voters. In that result, 54% of female voters reported they would support the former secretary of state, compared with only 30% who said they would support Trump.
That’s a 40-point swing between male and female voters. For perspective, Gallup reported a 20-point swing between male and female voters in the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. The president won among women by 12 points, while Romney won among men by 8 points.
“This is a very tight race that will divide Democrats and Republicans, the young and the old, white, black and Hispanic voters – and husbands and wives – in the months ahead,” Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy wrote in a press release.
Trump continues to maintain low levels of popularity among female voters, who in recent presidential elections have voted at a higher rate than men. Throughout the Republican primary, Trump consistently garnered the lowest favorability ratings among female voters of any major 2016 presidential candidate.
Trump has tried to undermine Clinton’s support with women by highlighting the decades-old marital infidelities of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Democrats have fired back by unleashing a torrent of old press reports highlighting Trump’s numerous inflammatory statements about women.
Last month, a super PAC backing Hillary Clinton released its first set of anti-Trump ads. One of the ads prominently depicted women reading the real-estate magnate’s statements about women.