Archive for Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Polls: U.S. not ready for female president

October 4, 2006


— Any woman contemplating a bid for the White House still has to overcome significant anti-female sentiment, two national polls suggested Tuesday.

Those findings from a Gallup Poll and a WNBC/Marist poll suggest 50 percent of the national electorate are likely to vote for a woman as the Democratic nominee and 43 percent are likely to vote for a woman as a Republican candidate.

The results show "there's not a lot of room for error" when it comes to a woman seeking the White House, said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

Marie Wilson, president of the White House Project, a group advocating for a female president, said she disagreed with Miringoff's conclusion.

Wilson pointed out that the poll showed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., leading the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice coming in second, behind only former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in the running for the GOP nomination.


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