Americans Say U.S. Is Ready For Female President, Poll Says

  1. Americans Say U.S. Is Ready For Female President, Poll Says

    POSTED: 1:12 pm EST February 22, 2005

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than six in 10 voters believe the United States is ready for a woman president in 2008 and 53 percent of the voters think Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a New York Democrat, should try for the job, a nationwide poll has found.

    The poll, conducted by the Siena College Research Institute and sponsored by the Hearst Newspapers, found that 81 percent of voters surveyed would vote for a woman for president; 62 percent said the country is ready for a woman president; and 67 percent said a female president would be better than a male chief executive in handling domestic issues.

    Other national polls have identified the former first lady as the favorite among Democratic voters for the party's presidential nomination. In the Siena poll, 60 percent of voters said they expect a woman to be on the Democratic ticket for president in 2008. Only 18 percent of voters said they expected the 2008 Republican ticket to be headed by a woman.

    The telephone poll of 1,125 registered voters was conducted Feb. 10-17 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll results were first reported in Monday's editions of Times Union of Albany, a Hearst newspaper.

    "There was very little difference between men (64 percent) and woman (60 percent) on whether the country was ready for a woman president in 2008," said Douglas Lonnstrom, director of the Albany-area research institute.

    While voters surveyed said a woman president would be better on domestic issues, there was no such advantage on who would do a better job as "commander in chief" - 18 percent said a woman would do better on that aspect of the job, 23 percent said a woman would do worse and 45 percent said gender wouldn't make a difference. On foreign policy issues, 24 percent said a woman president would do better; 11 percent said worse; and 52 percent said the president's gender didn't matter.

    The Albany-area pollsters found that 37 percent of voters felt Clinton should not run for president.

    On the Republican side, 42 percent of voters said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should run for the White House while 41 percent said she should not and 33 percent said Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina should run for president while 48 percent said she should not do that.

    In 2000, Clinton became the first woman ever elected, on her own, to statewide office in New York when she won the Senate seat vacated by fellow Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Three women have been elected lieutenant governor in New York, but only as part of a governor-lieutenant governor ticket.

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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    I see no difference at all.. what difference should gender make? It's not trousers or the skirt.. it's what's in the head, the heart, the mind.

    Makes absolutely no difference to me.. it's how they THINK and GOVERN that
    matters.
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    Robert A Heinlein, an author I much admire, once said/wrote that one of the probable solutions to the current problem in western democracies these days (voter apathy and ignorace), is to enable only Mothers to vote - because they have long term interest at heart!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ummm what is new here? rofl. I have been ready for a decade or more.
  6. by   fergus51
    I find it shocking that almost half of Americans DON"T think we're ready for it.
  7. by   Mkue
    I look forward to having a female President someday. I wouldn't vote for a female or male who was too far left or too far right, she/he would have to be a moderate candidate with a non-partisan agenda.
  8. by   fergus51
    Well, you voted for Bush so your idea of centrist is a little different from mine Marie!
  9. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from Tigerlily
    I look forward to having a female President someday. I wouldn't vote for a female or male who was too far left or too far right, she/he would have to be a moderate candidate with a non-partisan agenda.
    Well it looks like Hillary is aiming for that..
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm looking forward to having a GOOD president someday, whatever their gender may be.
  11. by   Mkue
    Quote from fergus51
    Well, you voted for Bush so your idea of centrist is a little different from mine Marie!
    Between Kerry and Bush, I felt that Bush was much more moderate of a Republican.. Kerry was soooooo far left.. and besides.. I never could figure out what Kerry stood for. So Bush got my vote.
  12. by   Mkue
    Quote from BeachNurse
    Well it looks like Hillary is aiming for that..
    if she runs She's going to be wasting the Dems money.. IMO. I don't think this country is ready for Bill and Hill back in the whitehouse.. IMO of course.
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from Tigerlily
    if she runs She's going to be wasting the Dems money.. IMO. I don't think this country is ready for Bill and Hill back in the whitehouse.. IMO of course.
    For once, Marie, I've got to agree with you there.

    I'm more than ready for a female President. I just don't think Hillary Clinton is the right one for the job. :stone
  14. by   Mkue
    Quote from mjlrn97
    For once, Marie, I've got to agree with you there.

    I'm more than ready for a female President. I just don't think Hillary Clinton is the right one for the job. :stone
    wow.. Marla for once we agree :redpinkhe

    I'm thinking an unknown female candiate will come along and knock our socks off, I'm really hoping.. (fingers crossed)

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