Poll: "First Female President" Is Top Reason to Elect Hillary

Poll: "First Female President" Is Top Reason to Elect Hillary
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Americans consider Hillary Clinton's gender, more than her actual experience, as the most positive thing about having her in the Oval Office come 2016, a Gallup poll has found.

Eighteen percent of survey respondents cited Clinton being the first female president as the top reason to elect her. Half as many named her experience. On the flip side, only 4 percent answered “don’t want a woman president” as the biggest negative of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

The former secretary of state is far and away the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination, should she choose to run. Clinton has said she expects to make a decision on her candidacy by early next year.

Democrats were overwhelmingly more enthusiastic about her becoming the nation’s first female president. Thirty percent -- compared to 17 and 11 percent of independents and Republicans, respectively -- cited this as the foremost positive.

At 11 percent, “change in administration” was considered the top reason among Republicans for a Clinton presidency. Among Democrats, this reason was cited fourth (at 10 percent) behind first female, experience (16 percent) and Democratic agenda (13 percent). Among independents, experience came in second at 8 percent, followed by administration change (5 percent) and best choice/will help immigrants (both at 4 percent).

In its analysis of the poll findings, Gallup wrote that Clinton’s top selling point is clear-cut, but added that her campaign team “would have to grapple with the fact that many Americans have acquired a negative view of some of her personal characteristics over the years, disagree with her positions on issues, and are simply opposed to having another Democrat in the White House.”

The survey of 1,024 randomly selected adults, conducted March 15-16 via telephone interviews, has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. 

Jose R. Gonzalez is an intern for RealClearPolitics.


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