Poll: Gender would be top selling point for Clinton presidency

 

A woman finally running the White House would be the most positive aspect of a Hillary Clinton presidency, according to a new survey. 

A Gallup poll released Friday found 18 percent of people name the historic nature of her possible presidency as its most positive aspect. Another 9 percent cite her experience in general or on foreign policy. 

The polling firm asked the public about the most positive and negative aspects of a hypothetical Hillary Clinton Oval Office.

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Clinton, who lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, is seen as a likely candidate again in 2016. Early polling has shown her leading the Democratic primary and the general election. 

Clinton famously noted her historic candidacy to supporters in 2008 during her concession speech to then-Sen. Barack Obama. 

"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it," she said.

Thirty percent of Democrats mentioned the historic nature of a female president as the most positive aspect of her potential presidency, while 17 percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans said the same. 

Gallup said a little less than half of the public did not give a substantive answer to the question. The polling firm attributed this in part to many Republicans failing to find anything positive about a Clinton presidency, while a majority of Democrats did not cite anything negative. 

There is little consensus about possible negative aspects. Six percent said she would not be qualified, while 4 percent said they would not want a woman in the White House. 

Three percent said former President Bill Clinton's presence back in the White House would be a negative. Two percent called it a positive. 

Three percent, as the biggest negative, said the former New York senator is dishonest, while 2 percent cited her response to the terrorist attack on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, while she was secretary of State. 

Republicans' biggest worry is their perception that she would be a continuation of the Obama administration. Eleven percent of the GOP cited that reason. 

The poll surveyed 1,024 people from March 15-26 and has a 4-percent margin of error. 

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