With Kamala Harris as vice president and Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, competing for the Republican presidential nomination in this year’s elections, one in four Americans sees it as very likely that they will choose a woman as the nation’s president.
All of this comes after the Pew Research Center conducted a survey to study political leadership, impact, and obstacles faced by women today.
According to the results of this study, the majority did not specify whether a woman as president would do better or worse than a man when it comes to key leadership traits or managing various political areas.
However, when asked how important it was to them that a woman be elected president, a relatively small proportion of American adults, 18%, said it was very important to them, while for the majority, 64%, the gender of the president does not matter.
Number of Women in Office
53% of respondents emphasized that there are very few women in high political positions in the United States. This has decreased from 59% since 2018.
Looking to the future, 52% highlighted that it is only a matter of time before there are as many women as men in high positions, while 46% believed that men will continue to occupy more positions in the future.
Why Are There Fewer Women Than Men in Office?
Many Americans highlighted several important reasons why there are fewer women than men in high political positions, such as:
- Women have to do more to prove their worth than men, 54%.
- Gender discrimination, 47%.
- Women receive less support from party leaders, 47%.
- Many Americans are not ready to choose a woman for a higher office, 46%.
- Family responsibilities, 44%.
Candidate Traits and Gender
By wide margins, people believed that showing emotions could be a disadvantage for women seeking high political office, unlike men.
- The majority, 58%, stated that showing emotions hinders a woman’s chances of being elected, while 33% said the same about a man.
Candidate Race and Gender
Most of those surveyed, 65%, believed that voters are more likely to support a white male candidate than a woman of the same race.
In contrast, they claimed that being an African American, Hispanic, or Asian man or woman is more hurtful than helpful to voters.
¿How Could a Female President Be Different from a Male President?
Half or more of those surveyed agreed that a female president would neither be better nor worse than a male president and that the gender of this position does not matter when it comes to handling various political areas or leadership traits.
However, more than a third specified that a female president would do better than a male when it comes to:
- Handling education, 46%.
- Handling healthcare, 45%.
- Working on compromises, 39%.
- Maintaining a respectful tone in politics, 37%.