Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Is America ready for a President who is not a White Male?

For years, common wisdom has held that the last "White Men Only" club in America has been the presidency. This year, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are trying to challenge that assumption. But is America ready for the change?

...the CNN poll today shows that 72% of whites and 61% of blacks believe the country is ready for a black president. That's up from 65% and 54%, respectively, two years ago. (Both polls have a margin of error of +/-4.5%.)

But asked if the country is ready for a female president, blacks and whites both are in agreement; they're less sure -- only 63% of both whites and blacks answer yes. That's up slightly (from 58%) for whites but down among blacks from 67% since December, 2006.

Interestingly, men and women remain in agreement on this issue, too. In 2006, 60% of both genders said yes and this time it's 65% female and 64% male.
My own guess has been for a while that America wants a black president before a female president.

1 comment:

shadowmom1 said...

I'm all for a female president, just NOT HILLARY!!!

(Elizabeth Dole, Condoleza Rice)