In a poll about women’s status, equality, and sexism in America, CBS/NYTimes asked about voters enthusiasm about having a woman as a major party candidate for president (61% women report being glad). The survey also asks specifically about satisfaction with Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee and whether or not they view her as a good role model for women. Finally, the survey asks men and women voters to weigh in on whether a Trump or Clinton presidency would be good for women, as well as the extent to which each candidate respects women.
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.
CBS asked voters if the U.S. is ready to elect a woman for president and if they hope to see a woman president in their lifetime. Four out of five voters say the U.S. is ready to elect a woman president, a doubling of the percentage that said so twenty years ago. Eighty-two percent of men, and 76% of women, agree, as do majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents. Seventy-two percent of voters say they hope to see a woman president in their lifetime, up from 63% eight years ago. Seventy-six percent of women, and two thirds of men, hope to see this happen.
Harvard’s Institute of Politics asked 18-29 year olds whether or not they believed they would see a woman president in their lifetime. Seventy-four percent of young Americans believe that if Clinton were to lose in November, there will be a woman president in their lifetime (77%: Male; 72%: Female).
CNN/ORC asked men and women whether or not the country is ready to elect a woman president, as well as the degree of importance with which they viewed putting a woman in the White House. They found that 80% of people believe the country is ready to elect a female president. However, just 31% feel it is very important to elect a female president during their lifetime. Women are slightly less likely than men to believe the country is ready to elect a woman, but slightly more likely than men to view it as an important milestone. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to view the country as ready to elect a woman and to state that doing so is important.
Huffington Post, MAKERS, and YouGov joined forces to explore what men and women believe the state of gender equality is today in politics. They found that 56% of people think we will have a female president in the next decade, with women slightly more optimistic that this will happen in the next 5 years. Gender differences also emerge in perceptions of the importance of women’s political representation, whether or not women are currently well-represented in politics, and men’s respect for women in politics.
Suffolk University includes questions about voters willingness to vote for a “qualified woman” for president in their October 2015 poll, finding the strong majority (94%+) of men and women say they would. Ninety-seven percent of Democrats and 92% of Republicans polled said they would vote for a qualified woman candidate.
Gallup’s poll conducted in June 2015 found that most Americans are comfortable voting for a female candidate. They report findings by respondent party and age, finding slightly less (but still overwhelming) likelihood of voting for a female president by older voters (65+) and Republicans.
YouGov’s latest poll asks respondents whether or not they believe people they know would vote for a woman president; two-thirds of Democrats and a majority of independents say most of the people they know would vote for a woman, but only 41% of Republicans agree. The poll also asks whether respondents hope for or believe there will be a woman president in their lifetime. The majority of Democrats both hope for and believe there will be a woman president in their lifetime; a majority of Republicans believe there will be a woman president in their lifetime, but a minority of Republicans express hope for a woman president, likely indicative of the prominence of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.