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Poll on Who Wants Woman President: 4 in 10 Adults Say Yes

By    |   Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:08 AM

A new Pew Research Center poll on who wants a woman president shows that it may depend more on party affiliation than gender.

A survey of 1,004 adults from November 20-23 revealed that 4 in 10 adults hopes to see a female elected president in their lifetime, while 57 percent were indifferent.

What was more revealing, however, was that 69 percent of Democratic women are pro-female president compared to 20 percent of GOP women.

The ratios were smaller for men, according to the Pew Research study. The poll stated that 46 percent of Democratic men wanted to see a woman president as compared to 16 percent of Republican men.

Pew's Drew Desilver said that while the new Congress convenes with a record 108 women – 88 in the House and 20 in the Senate – women in such leadership positions is still a fairly new occurrence for this country.

"While women still account for only about a fifth of each chamber, that's a considerable increase from where things stood not too long ago," Desilver wrote. "Women have served in Congress almost continuously for nearly a century. "

"Although in the early decades a common route for women to Capitol Hill was succeeding their deceased husbands, nowadays nearly all women in Congress were elected on their own. Recently, their ranks have surged: Of the 278 women who've served in the House, more than half have been elected since 1992, and 23 of the 46 women who've ever served in the Senate took office in 1996 or later," he continued.

Despite the growth, Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, told The Washington Post in November that pace of growth is not keeping up with the population, something she sees as a problem.

"This is still very slow growth," she said. "If the goal is political parity for women — for women to be represented in Congress in proportion to their population — we're still not close."

Walsh complained that even with the election of Republicans like Joni Ernst in Iowa and Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia, there are still only six Republican women in the Senate and a possible loss of leadership positions overall for women in Congress.

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