American women reject Trump's video apology

American women reject Trump's video apology

While most American women think that Trump's video apology was not good enough, men tend to either be OK with it or think he had nothing to apologize for in the first place

2016's presidential election had already enjoyed more than its fair share of drama, but last week the race was rocked by new video footage from 2005 which revealed Donald Trump talking about groping and kissing women without their consent, among other lewd comments about women. The revelation, which came days before Sunday's debate, pushed the Republican Party into open civil war and led Donald Trump to make a very rare apology for his behavior, which he dismissed as 'locker room talk'. 

Research from YouGov conducted since Sunday's debate shows that 44% of Americans think that Hillary Clinton won this debate, while 32% say Trump won. This 12% margin for Clinton is wider than initial research, conducted immediately after ths debate, which gave Clinton a 5% edge.

Americans are by no means convinced by Donald Trump's apology. Just under a third say that it was good enough, but 51% say that it was not good enough. 11% think that Donald Trump has nothing to apologize for in the first place. The divide between men and women on this question is noteworthy. 55% of women say that his apology was insufficient, while 36% either say it was good enough (27%) or that he has nothing to apologize for (9%). Among men, however, 49% say that his apology was either good enough (36%) or that he has nothing to apologize for (13%). This is slightly higher than the 46% of American men who think his apology was not good enough. 

During the debates Donald Trump responded to Hillary Clinton's attacks over his admissions of sexual assault by referring to Bill Clinton's former affairs and allegations of rape. Most Americans (55%) think that this response by Trump was inappropriate, a figure that includes 29% of Republicans who believe it was inappropriate to attack Hillary Clinton for her husband's behavior. 

Full survey results available here.

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