By: E&P Staff
Gallup reports today that a new poll finds that 6 in 10 Americans believe the country is ready to have a female president, with more than that saying they would be willing to vote for one. The view of a president coming from some other minority groups is not so favorable.
“With Hillary Rodham Clinton the clear front runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, it is natural to ask whether Americans are ready to elect their first female president,” Gallup explained.
Sixty-four percent of Democrats said the country was ready for a woman in charge, compared with 54% of Republicans. About half of Democrats said the U.S. was ready to elect a black or a Jewish candidate, with Republicans coming in at 67% and 58% respectively on those questions.
But only a minority of American feel the country is ready for a Hispanic, Asian or Mormon president.
The vast majority of the public believes Americans are not ready for an atheist or gay or lesbian president.
While 6 in 10 whites believe the country is ready to elect a black, only 4 in 10 blacks feel that way.
Gallup notes, “In addition to Hillary Clinton’s long-rumored candidacy, other possible 2008 non-traditional candidates include Bill Richardson, the Hispanic Gov. of New Mexico, Mitt Romney, the Mormon Gov. of Massachusetts, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, who is Jewish, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — a black woman.”