Skip to comments.Rice rises, Clinton slips in poll
Posted on 02/20/2006 7:11:12 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
WASHINGTON -- Growing numbers of Americans oppose a presidential bid by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., in 2008 -- and favor a run by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- amid broad public willingness to elect a woman president, according to a nationwide poll released Sunday. Advertisement
The President's Day survey conducted for Hearst Newspapers by the Siena Research Institute of Siena College in Loudonville, covered 1,120 registered voters and was completed Feb. 10.
Some 48 percent of survey participants said Rice "should run" for president at the conclusion of President Bush's two terms -- an increase of 6 percentage points over a similar survey a year ago.
But Clinton saw opposition to her own presidential bid grow over the same period. Some 44 percent of survey respondents now say that Clinton "should not run" for president in 2008 -- up from 37 percent who felt that way last year.
The percentage of registered voters who say Clinton "should run" slipped from 53 percent to 51 percent over the past year, as support for a Rice candidacy increased, from 42 percent to 48 percent.
The survey found that 79 percent of participants were willing to vote for a woman as president and 64 percent said the nation was "ready" for one.
The survey did not test a head-to-head race between Clinton and Rice.
The margin of error for the survey in both years was 2.9 percentage points. That could mean that Clinton's 2 percentage point drop in the "should run" category may not represent an actual change.
The survey found that a majority of registered voters thought a woman president would handle national security-related issues as well as a male president, including serving as commander-in-chief of the armed service.
Douglas A. Lonnstrom, director of the Siena Research Institute, said the findings coupled with results from a comparable poll by his organization last year suggest the nation is on the cusp of a dramatic political change.
"As things stand now, I see a real possibility that a woman will be elected president in 2008," said Lonnstrom, a professor of finance and statistics and member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. "Disapproval of President Bush has opened voters' eyes to alternatives -- and women benefit from that."
The latest nationwide Gallup Poll showed 56 percent of respondents disapproving of Bush's job performance and 39 percent approving -- the third lowest approval rating of his presidency.
Sally Friedman, a political scientist at the State University of New York at Albany, cautioned that the generic support for a woman president reflected in the poll could decline when voters get closer to weighing the strengths and weaknesses of actual candidates.
"Right now the election is more than two years away and pretty hypothetical," said Friedman, who studies women in politics. "That will change, the closer we get."
The survey detected a wide disparity of views between Democrats and Republicans, with 91 percent of Democrats expressing their willingness to elect a woman compared to 68 percent of Republicans.
She has already declined to run repeatedly.
MICHAEL SAVAGE today:
With HILLARY as President,
BILL CLINTON will not be sleeping in the Lincoln bedroon, he will be plotting. Talk Radio will be dead.
And we might add,
...so will internet speak be dead.
The more interesting statistic implied is that 21% were NOT willing to vote for a woman president. Which means the female candidate would be competing for votes only within a 79% subset of the population. I daresay the percentage of people willing to vote for a male as president is somewhere close to 100%.
True, but people still keeping matching her up with Hittlery. I don't think she will run for the reason I stated.
"Condoleezza will lead us, brother"
Not until she modifies her views on abortion, she won't!
She has said that the job she wants is, Commisionier of the N.F.L.
If she ever runs for any office we can be sure that democrats, racists that they are, will attack her. They will get a free pass to do this because, well, because they are democrats.
Hillary and Rice will not run.
After HILLARY RODHAM & WILLIAM CLINTON proactively supported our Communist terrorist enemy, North Vietnam Dicatator HO CHI MINH, ...against Freedom for South Vietnam during the Vietnam War ...came:
Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp
With a President HILLARY...
...in a new time of war...
...with our own Freedom...
...directly at stake...
...it would happen again here.
She's not my first choice, but if she chooses to run I think it'd be a good thing...and very likely be a an even greater historic thing than a woman or a black running for president...it would also prove to the entire nation how racist the democrat party really is....because believe me, that is what their attacks on her would prove.
Time for a Chaney - Condi job swop.
You have to consider the package. The president swears to oppose all enemies, foreign and domestic, and is responsible constitutionally to provide for the common defense, to promote the general welfare and to secure the blessings of liberty on ourselves and our posterity.
I'd say Rice has it all over the hildabeast in all these areas.
The Supremes will decide the abortion issue, not the president.
Why? Cheney is doing a fantastic job as Vice President!
Anyone spelling the Veeps name wrong is a troll
The presidency is a thankless job that ages people prematurely, so I'd understand if she wanted to be the NFL commissioner. Whatever she chooses to do, we owe her a debt of gratitude.