The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveyed voters on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and the state of gender discrimination in the United States. Large majorities of Americans regard women political leaders as equal to men and think a woman would be up to the challenges a president may fact. Only 3 in 10 Americans expect Clinton’s gender to hurt her chances in November, and the same number think she is being held to a higher standard than other candidates because she is a woman. About 70% of those surveyed say the historic nature of Clinton’s candidacy has no bearing on their own vote.
Pew asked voters how important the election of a woman president would be historically, regardless of their support for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Six of ten voters reported that electing a woman president would be very or somewhat important, and 38 percent said it would be not too or not at all important. Just one-third of Trump supporters, compared to 84 percent of Clinton supporters, said that electing a woman president would be historically important.