A poll of 1,000 adults taken for Newsweek in December 2006 found that 86 percent of respondents said that if their party nominated a woman for president, they would vote for her if she were qualified for the job. 55 percent said that America is ready to elect a woman president. 93 percent said they would vote for a qualified African-American candidate from their party, and 56 percent said the country is ready to elect an African-American president.
Author: Kelly Dittmar
A September 2006 Gallup survey finds that about three fifths of Americans believe the country is ready to have a woman president. Similar proportions say that the country is ready for a black or Jewish president, but the numbers who think the country is ready for a Hispanic, Asian or Mormon president are somewhat lower, and far smaller numbers say the country would elect an atheist or gay or lesbian president.
According to a March 2006 Field Poll of California registered voters, 69% think the country is ready for a woman president, while 24% disagree.
According to a February 2006 CBS/New York Times Poll, 92% of Americans say they would vote for a qualified woman presidential candidate from their own political party. 55% of those polled think that the U.S. is ready to elect a woman president, up from 40% in 1996.
A Hearst Newspapers/Siena College Poll in February 2006 showed that 64% said the US was ready for a woman president. In February 2005, asked the same questions, 62% of respondents thought that the US was ready for a woman president, and 81% said they would be willing vote for a woman themselves.
An October WNBC/Marist Poll showed that 26% of voters would be likely to support a woman candidate for president from either major party, while 28% would not be likely to support a woman presidential candidate from either party. For 25%, the only woman candidate likely to gain their support would be a Democrat, while only a Republican woman would draw the votes of 21%
A poll taken in September 2005 by Gallup for CNN/USA Today found that nearly half of Americans,46%, thought the United States would have a female president within the next 10 years, and an additional 41% said within the next 10 to 25 years.
A poll conducted in September 2005 by Roper Public Affairs for the White House Project found that a large majority of Americans (79%) were comfortable with the idea of a woman president. The study also asked about comfort levels with women in other high-level positions and found even larger majorities comfortable with a woman as vice president (84%) and Supreme Court justice (90%).
According to a Rasmussen Poll in April 2005, 72% of Americans said they would be willing to vote for a woman for president, but only 49% thought their family, friends and co-workers would vote for a woman candidate.
Over the years, Gallup Polls have shown an increased acceptance of the concept of a female presidential candidate. In May-June 2003, 87% of Americans said they would vote for a woman if their party nominated a qualified one for president, down slightly from 1999, but overwhelmingly higher than when Gallup first asked the question in 1937.