posted by March 19 at 12:50 PMon
While everyone is talking about race in the wake of Obama’s stirring speech two days ago, a new CBS poll finds that gender, not race, may be the bigger obstacle for American voters.
Thirty-nine percent of those who responded to the poll believe a female candidate “faces more obstacles in presidential politics today,” compared to 33 percent who believed a black candidate did. Meanwhile, 42 percent of voters believed Clinton has been “judged more harshly” because of her gender (compared to 27 percent who said the same thing about Obama and race). And 45 percent of those surveyed believed that most people they knew would refuse to vote for a woman candidate (compared to 33 percent who believed most people they know would refuse to vote for a black candidate).
Perhaps most interesting: Nearly one in five of those surveyed (including 16 percent of women) said they would “prefer to vote for a man” than a woman, compared to just five percent who said they’d prefer to vote for a white candidate. Despite all that, just ten percent believed that sexism was “a bigger problem” than racism in America.