Most GOP Voters Don’t Ever Want to See a Female President

Have you ever wondered how much of the Republican Party’s loathing of Hillary Clinton is tinged in sexism? Well, a new Economist/YouGov poll reveals what you probably already suspected: most GOP voters do not want to see a woman elected president in their lifetimes.

Specifically, when the poll asked U.S. adults “Do you personally hope that the United States elects a woman president of the United States in your lifetime?” 59 percent of Republican respondents said no, a firm rebuke of a woman shattering the ultimate glass ceiling.

However, that doesn’t mean they expect to get their wish. Pretty much the same number of Republicans (60 percent) indicated that they thought a woman would either definitely or probably be elected president in their lifetimes. Looks like they’ll just have to suffer through!

Undoubtedly, the Republican Party has a sexism problem. While the poll doesn’t explore whether or not conservatives would support a woman over a male candidate if the woman were the Republican nominee, it’s clear that a woman would have a difficult time ever getting the nomination in the first place given the prevailing prejudices.

On the flipside, a whopping 89 percent of Democrats indicated that they hope to see a woman elected president in their lifetimes. With that kind of support, it’s hard to imagine that much time would pass before the party nominates another woman to represent it in a presidential election.

The question is whether doing so would be a strategic blunder. Even if Democrats were to pander to the GOP’s sexism to try to win over conservative voters, it’s not like many would jump ship. To swing the election, the trick is to win over independent voters.

Fortunately, the polling data affirms that independents want to see a woman in the nation’s top office, too. Sixty-three percent of politically independent voters “hope” for this change, and that’s true of 66 percent of all voters, regardless of political affiliation. When two-thirds of the country wants to see something happen, you have to think the odds are fairly good that at some point it will.

The poll addressed one other related issue of sexism when it asked respondents if it would appropriate for a husband married to a woman president to take on official duties as the First Gentleman. On this issue, respondents were overall pretty evenly split between the three choices “appropriate,” “inappropriate” and “not sure.”

Broken down by party, 54 percent of Democrats thought it appropriate, while the majority of Republicans, 51 percent, thought it inappropriate. Apparently, the idea of a man taking a secondary, often ornamental role just doesn’t feel comfortable to people still.

At any rate, here’s hoping that the wishes of the strong majority of American voters come true in the not too distant future and that we finally have a capable woman leading this country. Republicans may be a lost cause on this issue, but that shouldn’t stop the rest of the country from taking this important step.

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155 comments

Marie W
Marie W9 months ago

Thank you.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

This is the biggest pile of hog wash I have ever read! Do you not remember the Republicans had a woman in their primary? She never gained traction because there were too many others and her lack of name recognition. The Republicans also had a black and 2 Hispanics running! That shows that the pary is not any of the -isms that the Democrats keep throwing at them!

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Tania N
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a year ago

Noted

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Dot A
Dot Aabout a year ago

The E-mail fiasco that was overblown for the sake of fueling more distrust tipped the scales for the R(s). It was always an uphill climb for Hillary since her personality is not particularly adored, by men OR women. That was well known for many decades. The playing card that wiped her chances clear off the board was, once again, making her out to be a thug. (???) WOW~ that sure worked like a charm. I believe such tactics will be used again and again, seeing how successful such media news can influence the culture of today. Hopefully, we will still have enough independent thinker to help our country, and our nation to seek the honest truth, the actual facts, the real of what is going on in politics, business, organizations, and any other constituency which profits by 'selling' an idea that is primarily based in $$$ and power. Our world struggles for power. Money represents power. Our ability to release those primal instincts based in fear seems weak, but not impossible. Keep up the commitment to solve this most significant human conundrum, because our future unfolds accordingly.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeldabout a year ago

Janis K.,
Not true. By all accounts, Johnson actually helped Clinton. A month before the election, Clinton was polling at 47.7%, Trump at 43.9%, and Johnson at 7.0%. That should have been sufficient for Clinton to win the election (Obama won in 2012 with that margin). In the final tally, Clinton received 47.7% of the vote, exactly what the polls indicated a month beforehand. However, Trump's received 47.4%, while Johnson received just 3.3%. Clearly, those voters that favored Johnson, shifted to Trump on election day. Had Johnson dropped out completely, some pundits claim that Trump won have won by a larger margin, including winning the popular vote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/11/11/gary-johnson-helped-hillary-not-by-enough-but-he-did/?utm_term=.b1da96c2a945

Although polling data indicates that those who actually voted for Johnson and Stein were far more likely to just sit out the election, than cast a ballot for either of the major party candidates.

https://reason.com/blog/2016/11/09/gary-johnson-jill-stein-voters-clinton

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/10/third-party-candidate-gary-johnson-jill-stein-clinton-loss

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