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Poll: Americans Want More Women In Political Office

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The government would do a better job if there were more female leaders in place, most Americans say.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 63% of Americans surveyed feel the government would govern better if more women were in political office. That’s up from 57% in 1995 and 2000.

Sixty-nine percent of women want more females in government, as do 55% of men. Self-identifying liberals, unmarried women and women between 18 and 49 are most optimistic about female leaders, and a large majority of African-Americans, Democrats and people between the ages of 18 to 29 are also in favor of increased female leadership.

Sadly, while 46% of Republicans feel positive about women in office, nearly one-fifth of them say the country would be governed worse if more women were in positions of political power. That’s the highest percentage, Gallup says, among any demographic.

To read more on the Gallup poll, click here.



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