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Poll: Voters want more women in office

A new Gallup poll finds a majority of voters want to see more women in elected office.

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The poll finds more than than six in 10 feel the U.S. would be governed better if more women were in office, up 6 percent from Gallup polls taken in 1995 and 2000.

“I think that probably what we’re seeing here is the frustration that the American public has right now with government, Congress in particular,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

The opinion about more women in politics and public office is shared by men and women, with better than seven in 10 women and more than half of the men in the poll holding that view.

“So often, when the public is looking for change, it’s women candidates and women officeholders that they turn to,” Walsh said.

Walsh suggested that women in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have demonstrated the ability to reach across the aisle to keep the dialogue open when a difference arises between parties. She said the poll results should be encouraging for women who are thinking of running for office.

More than eight in 10 in the Gallup poll also indicated that the government would be managed better if more people with business and management experience were in office.

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