Category: Polls

March 2008 CBS News Poll

March 2008 CBS News Poll

A CBS News poll of 1,067 voters finds that they see gender as more of a barrier in presidential politics than race. Thirty nine percent of registered voters said a woman faces more obstacles in a presidential race while 33 percent said a black candidate does.  42 percent of voters said they felt Senator Hillary Clinton has been treated more harshly because of her gender, while just 27 percent felt Senator Barack Obama has been treated more harshly because of his race.  Respondents say more people they know would be likely to vote for a black candidate than a woman. Fifty six percent said that “most people” they know would vote for a black candidate for president, while 46 percent said the same of a woman candidate. 45 percent said “most people” they know would not vote for a woman. At the same time, respondents also called racism (42 percent) a “more serious” problem than sexism (10%).