Watching for signs of a Hillary Clinton 2016 candidacy is the political version of guessing if Jennifer Aniston is pregnant. Unless the women announce something, the answer is no. But what appears to be a clear yes is that voters are ready for a woman in the White House.
According to a new poll released by EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women, 90 percent of voters in battleground states would consider voting for a qualified woman candidate from their party. Seventy-two percent believe it is likely the United States will elect a woman president in the next presidential election.
Polling was done by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and was conducted among 800 likely 2016 voters in nine presidential battleground states. Other key findings from the research include:
- 51 percent believe the women elected to Congress and Senate last cycle are making a positive difference
- 75 percent believe a woman president would be a good thing for this country, and that a woman in the White House will send a positive signal to our children and grandchildren
- A female president is perceived to be as capable or more capable than a male president when it comes to understanding the challenges middle class families face, the challenge of juggling work and family, ending partisan bickering, and putting families ahead of politics.
EMILY’s List has started a campaign, called Madam President, to build a base of voters interested in electing a woman to the White House. The Madam President campaign will target 2016 battleground state voters and hold events in Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire in coming months.
In my hometown, I’ve joined with five like-minded women to start a group designed to engage more women in local politics and elections. More than fifty women attended our kick off event. I’d be happy to share our plans and approach with any readers interested in doing something similar. Who knows, maybe we’ll see Hillary Clinton in 2016 and one of my neighbors in 2024.