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Rice rises, Clinton slips in poll
Times Union ^ | 21 February 2006 | STEWART M. POWELL

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008polls; condi; hildebeaste; hillary2008; hitlery; poll; rice; rice2008
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Any chance of a bloke getting it?
1 posted on 02/20/2006 7:11:15 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
I'm afraid Rice will lose her tolerance for the ad homonym attacks she is increasingly experiencing and will decline to run.Just imagine what they'd be like during the campaign.
2 posted on 02/20/2006 7:16:04 PM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: luvbach1

She has already declined to run repeatedly.


3 posted on 02/20/2006 7:16:57 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Aussie Dasher; All

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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.

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4 posted on 02/20/2006 7:17:01 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Aussie Dasher
The survey found that 79 percent of participants were willing to vote for a woman as president...

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%.

5 posted on 02/20/2006 7:17:22 PM PST by Prince Caspian (Don't ask if it's risky... Ask if the reward is worth the risk)
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To: Mia T

ping


6 posted on 02/20/2006 7:19:14 PM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Graybeard58
She has already declined to run repeatedly.

True, but people still keeping matching her up with Hittlery. I don't think she will run for the reason I stated.

7 posted on 02/20/2006 7:19:37 PM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Condoleezza will lead us, brother"


8 posted on 02/20/2006 7:20:29 PM PST by The Fop (They attacked 2 of America's main arteries, so we invaded the heart of Arabia. It's that simple)
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To: The Fop

Not until she modifies her views on abortion, she won't!


9 posted on 02/20/2006 7:21:45 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: luvbach1

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.


10 posted on 02/20/2006 7:26:03 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: luvbach1

Hillary and Rice will not run.


11 posted on 02/20/2006 7:26:42 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Aussie Dasher; All

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NEVER FORGET


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

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308949/posts


With a President HILLARY...
...in a new time of war...
...with our own Freedom...
...directly at stake...
...it would happen again here.


NEVER FORGET

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12 posted on 02/20/2006 7:27:27 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: luvbach1
I'm afraid Rice will lose her tolerance for the ad homonym attacks she is increasingly experiencing and will decline to run.Just imagine what they'd be like during the campaign.

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.

13 posted on 02/20/2006 7:27:50 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Time for a Chaney - Condi job swop.


14 posted on 02/20/2006 7:28:49 PM PST by spokeshave (I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than drive over a bridge with Ted Kennedy)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Not until she modifies her views on abortion, she won't!

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.

15 posted on 02/20/2006 7:34:11 PM PST by pfflier
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To: spokeshave
Time for a Chaney - Condi job swop.

Why? Cheney is doing a fantastic job as Vice President!

16 posted on 02/20/2006 7:36:30 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: alicewonders

Anyone spelling the Veeps name wrong is a troll


17 posted on 02/20/2006 7:40:27 PM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Prince Caspian
Excellent observation, a gal would need to pull a plurality from 79% of those voting. High hurdle.
18 posted on 02/20/2006 7:41:58 PM PST by Navy Patriot
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To: Aussie Dasher
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LOOK... it's TouristSenator!!!
It shows up in more places than TouristGuy did only with less style and substance...
she's Vaporware, just an empty crusty.
(Please spread me around like the parasite that i am...)

19 posted on 02/20/2006 7:42:57 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Aussie Dasher
I don't know, but I do know one thing: I would personally walk to Colorado to vote for Condi. She is am amazing woman who has probably done more than we will ever know to save her country since 9/11. My dream ticket has always been some combo of Rice/Guiliani, Guiliani/Rice, though recently I haven't followed US politics closely enough to know various governors, etc.

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.

20 posted on 02/20/2006 7:43:27 PM PST by proud American in Canada
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