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Pollster says Trump approval hit the 'Stormy Effect' after adult film star's interview

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A new poll showed that women were less likely to support President Donald Trump after the Stormy Daniels interview, while men were slightly more likely to support him after the same. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot composite)

Support for President Donald Trump appeared to suffer in one demographic but improve in another after the highly anticipated interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels aired and she described her alleged affair with the president.

Here's what the poll shows

“While President Trump’s overall ratings are stable, his support increased among men and dropped among women,” said Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn.

“This poll was taken right after the Stormy Daniels interview and so I think this increased gender polarization is the ‘Stormy Effect.’”

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll showed that support for Trump among women fell by 5 percentage points, from 41 percent to 36 percent, but that support for Trump among men increased by a smaller margin — 3 percentage points, from 50 percent to 53 percent.

Overall, the poll found that support for Trump dropped only by one point from last month to 44 percent, but remained above the 41 percent of his lowest support in this poll from December.

Daniels' interview focused on some of the details of an affair she alleges she had with Trump before he was president. Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen admits that he paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about her interactions with Trump before the election. Some are calling for an investigation into the payment and the possibility of violations in campaign finance laws.

The widening gender gap

The poll should alarm Republicans when it comes to the midterms as more women appear to be turning against the president and the Republicans.

More from the poll:

When voters are asked if they want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the Senate, 57 percent of voters said Democrats, including 51 percent of men and 63 percent of women.

Those figures are the same for the House, where Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to win a majority.

That spread narrows slightly when voters are asked if they would vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate in their own district, with 45 percent saying a Democrat and 34 percent saying a Republican. Men are essentially split on that question, but 49 percent of women said they’d vote for a Democrat, compared to only 26 percent who said Republican.

The "6o Minutes" interview of Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, garnered an astounding 22 million viewers.

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