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Straw poll focuses attention on potential women candidates

February 5, 1999
Web posted at: 1:11 p.m. EDT (1311 GMT)

NEW YORK (AllPolitics, February 5) -- A group that wants to boost opportunities for women in politics Friday announced the results of a national straw poll in which Americans voted for women who they believe have the potential to lead the country.

Dole
Elizabeth Dole  

The straw poll included women from business, government, the military, education and advocacy groups. Parade magazine will feature the top vote recipients in a February 7 cover story.

The top vote recipients in the balloting were first lady Hillary Clinton; former American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole; Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California); Army General Claudia Kennedy; and New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. The two runners-up were Maxwell House President Ann Fudge and former astronaut Mae Jemison.

The group which sponsored the poll, The White House Project, did not release individual vote totals.

"From coast to coast, Americans of all ages learned more about the quality and depth of women’s leadership in this country," said Marie C. Wilson, president of The White House Project. "By casting ballots, thousands of Americans said they are eager to change the political climate and see more women in public office, including the presidency."

Whitman
Gov. Christie Whitman  

Women comprise 52 percent of the U.S. population but make up only 9 percent of U.S. senators, 13 percent of U.S. representatives, and 6 percent of the nation’s governors.

The unscientific straw poll ran from September 27 through November 30, 1998. More than 100,000 ballots were tabulated. Votes were cast through ballots in Parade, Glamour, Essence, Latina, Jane, and People magazines, The White House Project's web site (www.thewhitehouseproject.org), and a 900 number.

Ballots were also distributed in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, and New York.

The White House Project is a nonpartisan campaign of Why Not A Woman, Inc.


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