Mrs. President Someday Soon

by NeW Staff on July 27, 2010 · 1 comment

To date, no American woman has ever been elected to the office of U.S. President; however, times are changing, according to a recent Rasmussen poll.  87% of American voters believe it is somewhat likely that a woman will be elected President in the next 25 years.  That number has increased eight points in four years.  58% of Americans believe a female U.S. President in the next 25 years is very likely. 

In a few other questions, however, the poll found that men would be more likely to support a male candidate and a woman would be more likely to support a female candidate in an election.

There were some other interesting findings in this poll, particularly on the label of "feminist."  The report explains, 

"Just 14% consider describing a woman candidate as a feminist to be a positive. Thirty-five percent (35%) view it as a negative description, while 46% rate it somewhere in between a positive and a negative."

And what about the women's voice, a position traditionally held by the National Organization for Women?  Rasmussen reports,

"Among women voters, 51% view NOW favorably, while 32% have an unfavorable opinion."

In a final poll of interest, Rasmussen describes,

"Most adults believe women in America are better off today than they were 25 years ago, but they still don’t think women receive equal pay for equal work."

What do you think?  Are American women ready for the job, and are Americans ready for a female President?  The last election seems to indicate that Americans are ready for women to be in this office and this poll further confirms it.  However, the poll also confirms that Democrats will vote for Democrats will vote for Democrats despite their gender and that Republicans will vote for Republicans despite their gender.  As well, women are more likely to vote for women when candidates are "equal" on all other issues, and men are more likely to vote for men in this same scenario.  In many ways, this poll indicates that women are advancing in the political sphere, increasing the likelihood of a female President.

Check out the full report to see how American women are voting and how Americans feel about women in office. It's certainly some interesting food for thought!

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Bryant May 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I would vote for a woman if her values were rooted in the belief in truth, adhering to the lessons of history (not using history as a mutable tool), belief in absolute principles (i.e. Transcendental Moral Order at minimum), intelligent logical thinking, and acceptance of reality and her opponent was less inclined in those areas.
On another note, an interesting analysis by the Independent Women’s Forum about how if women no longer receive equal pay for equal work it is because they actually receive MORE pay than men for equal work. See below:

“The Department of Labor’s Time Use survey shows that full-time working women spend an average of 8.01 hours per day on the job, compared to 8.75 hours for full-time working men. One would expect that someone who works 9% more would also earn more. This one fact alone accounts for more than a third of the wage gap.
Choice of occupation also plays an important role in earnings. While feminists suggest that women are coerced into lower-paying job sectors, most women know that something else is often at work. Women gravitate toward jobs with fewer risks, more comfortable conditions, regular hours, more personal fulfillment and greater flexibility. Simply put, many women-not all, but enough to have a big impact on the statistics-are willing to trade higher pay for other desirable job characteristics.
Men, by contrast, often take on jobs that involve physical labor, outdoor work, overnight shifts and dangerous conditions (which is also why men suffer the overwhelming majority of injuries and deaths at the workplace). They put up with these unpleasant factors so that they can earn more.
Recent studies have shown that the wage gap shrinks-or even reverses-when relevant factors are taken into account and comparisons are made between men and women in similar circumstances. In a 2010 study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30, the research firm Reach Advisors found that women earned an average of 8% more than their male counterparts. Given that women are outpacing men in educational attainment, and that our economy is increasingly geared toward knowledge-based jobs, it makes sense that women’s earnings are going up compared to men’s.”


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