Would Americans elect a woman president?

Results of a new poll might surprise you.

By Alex Koppelman
Published March 19, 2008 11:52PM (EDT)

Interesting results out of a new poll conducted by CBS News: It might actually be easier for an African-American to be elected president than it would be for a woman.

Survey respondents were asked two separate questions, whether -- all other things being equal -- they would prefer to vote for a man or a woman and whether they would prefer to vote for a white candidate over a black candidate. Five percent of those polled said they would prefer a white candidate; 2 percent said they'd prefer a black candidate. On the other hand, 17 percent said they'd prefer to vote for a man over a woman, while only 3 percent said they'd prefer the woman.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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