I’ve conducted my “Believing or Not Believing” in Madam President poll to college women, age 18-25 and after a little over 100 surveys have been returned, there is evidence to show that more young women were encouraged by the presidential race of Hillary Clinton than by the vice-presidential bid of Sarah Palin. The poll asks women to reflect about whether or not the campaigns of these national female politicians made them believe that there would be a woman president in her lifetime.
Out of 102 surveys, sixty-two said “yes” that the presidential bid of Hillary Clinton encouraged her to believe that a woman would be president in her lifetime. Only twenty-four were encouraged by the vice-presidential bid of Sarah Palin. Still some respondents were not encouraged by either woman and a handful thought that both women’s efforts turned them into believers.
These are early results that come mostly from Penn State Lehigh Valley classes. After the survey is distributed in other areas (Cal State Chico, Stonehill, SUNY, PSU University Park) I plan to publish the results. Some comments about Hillary Clinton from respondents include: “She was one of the first women who looked like she could win” and “She made me believe that a woman will be a strong candidate.” Another respondent said, “I knew she wouldn’t win.” As for Palin, students wrote: “She made women sound stupid” and “The media focused too much on her personal life and not enough on her politics.” Another respondent said Palin made her a believer in a woman president in her lifetime because “As soon as Obama won many people were already campaigning for Palin in 2012.”
So, here’s a sneak peek tease about the results. Stay tuned!