Saturday, October 22, 2005

Poll: Sexism Among Registered Voters

Twenty-eight percent of registered voters are so sexist they would not support a woman for president regardless of what party nominated her, according to a WNBC/Marist Poll.

31% of women would support a woman for president regardless of whether she is a Democrat or a Republican. 33% of men would not support a woman for the country’s highest office no matter which party nominated her.

The results of this depressing poll are somewhat better when the voters are younger, which doesn't say much for the premise that wisdom comes with age.

The gender gap is disturbing. And Independents are even worse than Republicans. That surprises me. Who knew there was a category more sexist than Republicans?

Not Likely to Vote for a Woman
Regardless if Democrat or Republican

Women -- 23%
Men -- 33%
Democrat -- 21%
Republican -- 29%
Independent -- 33%

Under Age 45:
Women -- 16%
Men -- 26%

[Hat tip to Political Wire ]

Meanwhile Sheezlebub tells the inspirational story of a women's strike for equality, in Iceland, back in the good old feminist days of 1974. The women's strike is said to have paved the way for the election of Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the world's first democratically elected female president (in 1979).

Thirty years later, the women of Iceland are once again fed up with inequality and so are going to strike again.

Even though Hillary Clinton is way out front in the polls, I'm not very optimistic about the hope of seeing a woman as president of my own country, in my lifetime. Not unless the women of America decide to follow the example of the women of Iceland.

Hat tip to Amanda at Pandagon via Our Word