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73% Say Woman President Likely in Next 10 Years

Monday, June 27, 2011

Voters are more willing than ever to elect a woman president, and most think there’s a good chance a woman will win the White House in the next 10 years.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 82% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are willing to vote for a woman president. Just nine percent (9%) are not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In December 2006, 78% of voters said they were willing to vote for a woman president, but that number fell slightly to 71% in February 2008 as Hillary Clinton battled Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Sixty percent (60%) of voters say their family, friends and coworkers would be willing to elect a woman to the White House, up from 49% in April 2005.  Fourteen percent (14%) say they would not, and a sizable 27% are not sure.

Nearly three-out-of-four voters (73%) now think it’s at least somewhat likely that a woman will be elected president in the next 10 years, although that includes just 26% who say it is Very Likely. Twenty-four percent (24%) feel a woman president is unlikely in the next decade, but only three percent (3%) say it’s Not At All Likely.

In December 2006, 60% considered the possibility of a woman president in the next 10 years as somewhat likely. In July of last year, 87% said it is at least somewhat likely that a woman will be elected president of the United States in the next 25 years, with 58% who believed it Very Likely.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 24-25, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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