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Poll: Most Americans ready for female president

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Eight in 10 Americans say that the country is ready for its first female president, a new CNN/ORC poll found.

That number is slightly higher than the last time Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was engaged in a primary battle. In 2006, 60 percent of Americans said that the United States was ready for a female president.
 
{mosads}There is also a partisan divide among respondents, with 68 percent of Republicans saying that the nation is ready and 90 percent of Democrats agreeing.
 
Yet the poll found that among voters who believe the country is ready, very few feel that it should be a priority to put a woman in the Oval Office. Just 31 percent say that it is important for a woman to be elected in their lifetimes, with more Democrats, 54 percent, than Republicans, 13 percent, prioritizing it.
 
Women are slightly less confident than men about the country’s readiness. Seventy-six percent of women say the country is prepared to elect a female president, compared with 83 percent of men.
 
And though the country overwhelmingly says it’s ready to elect a woman, just 3 in 10 respondents identify as feminists.
 
The poll surveyed 1,001 adults by telephone Feb. 24–27. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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