April 8, 2005--Seventy-two percent (72%) of
Americans say they would be willing to vote for a woman President. That
figure includes 75% of American women and 68% of men.
However, a Rasmussen Reports survey found that
just 49% think most of their family, friends, and co-workers would be
willing to vote for a woman to serve as President of the United States.
Among Democrats, 84% say they are willing to
vote for a woman, but just 59% think their family, friends, and co-workers
would do the same. For Republicans, those numbers are 61% and 41%
Among those not affiliated with either major
party, just 48% believe that most people in their social network would be
willing to vote for a woman.
Older Americans are less likely to consider
voting for a woman than younger Americans. Among those over 65, just 62%
say they'd be willing to vote for a woman. Just 32% think those around
them would do the same.
Earlier this year, a Rasmussen Reports survey
found that in a match-up between two women,
Senator Hillary Clinton leads Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by a 47%
to 40% margin.
Rasmussen Reports has also created the
Hillary Meter to track the former First
Lady's attempt to create a more centrist image. Currently, 43%
of Americans view the former First Lady as politically liberal. That's
down from 51% at the end of January.
Among self-identified liberals, 84% say they
would be willing to vote for a woman seeking to occupy the Oval Office.
Sixty-three percent (63%) say that those around them would do the same.
Forty-three percent (43%) of liberals believe
that the first woman elected President will be politically moderate.
Thirty-four percent (34%) believe she will be politically liberal.
Among conservatives, 43% expect the first
woman President to be from the right side of the political spectrum.
Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe she will be politically moderate.
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This survey of 1,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 6-7, 2005. The margin of
sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of