In an all-women focus group in Appleton, Wis., some participants suggested President Trump would win on personality over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, even though they preferred her left-wing populism, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
- The voters' comments about Warren's ability to serve as president reflected doubts some people have about women in leadership, although they're often framed as concerns about what other people will think.
- That was the main takeaway from an Engagious/FPG focus group last week, which included seven women who flipped from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016, and two who switched from Mitt Romney to Hillary Clinton.
The big picture: Most of the group preferred a left-leaning set of policies to a right-leaning set when no names were attached. But when listening to Warren talk about them in clips from the last debate, they were skeptical.
- And their blunt language made it clear that Warren faces the kind of obstacles confronted by many strong leaders who are women.
What they're saying: "Everything she said was great. But to me it's like: Right, that's not going to happen," said Sandy D., a 62-year-old Clinton voter.
- Alicia K., 44, likes Warren "because she seems strong-willed." But if the president started talking about helping pay for student debt and taxing corporations, she'd be on the Trump train.
The group was presented with two sets of policies, without names attached.
- Seven of the nine participants favored the left-leaning policies.
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