CBS Poll: Americans Ready for Black or a Woman President

Posted June 4, 2008 at 1:49pm

A day after Barack Obama claimed the nomination, a CBS News poll says that 68 percent of Americans say the U.S. is ready for a black President, up 6 point from March and 14 points from January. CBS says that only 38 percent of Americans were ready to make that statement eight years ago. By region, the figure subscribing to this view is lowets in the South where 54 percent said most people they know were willing to vote for a black candidate compared to 33 percent who would not. The poll was conducted May 30-June 3 and has a 4 point margin of error.

A CBS poll also found that 60 percent of men and 76 percent of women believe that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy this year will make it easier in the future for women to run for President. Sixty-nine percent believe there will be a woman president during their lifetime. Forty-five percent say that the media has been harder on Clinton than the other candidates and 67 percent of them think it was because of her gender.