Rasmussen: Americans ready for a female president

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 15, 2013

Not only are Americans excited about the prospects of a female president in the 21st century – they’re very optimistic that a woman will be the leader of the free world within the next decade according to a new Rasmussen Reports study.

The poll, which was released Wednesday, found that 77 percent of likely American voters believe it is likely a women will be elected president within the next ten years. They’re even willing to put their money where their mouth is, as three in four likely voters would personally vote for a female candidate.

Rasmussen likely conducted the poll because it is widely believed that at least one of the two presidential nominees in 2016 will be a woman – former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton has not made any decisions about the election yet, however she has led the potential Democratic primary field by double digits in nearly every poll conducted over the past year. There are even several groups and super PACs in existence to draft Hillary to enter the race.

The polling numbers reflect that push as well. Nine in ten Democrats surveyed would be likely to vote for a woman candidate for president, compared to just 65 percent of Republicans. Just as many Democrats are personally willing to vote for a female candidate as well.

While not as likely, it is possible that two female candidates could be on the ballot in 2016. Several female Republicans have been floated as potential presidential candidates, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. None of them, however, has received a significant vote share in recent 2016 presidential primary polling.

Rasmussen Reports conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide from January 13-14, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. 

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