Poll: Sarah Palin tops list of women Americans want to run for president

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the darling of the Tea Party movement, tops a new list of women other than Hillary Clinton who Americans want to run for president.

A series of Economist/YouGov polls, wrapped up in an article released this week, found overwhelming support for women candidates and a woman president, and has Palin on top of eight women most often mentioned by voters as their top choice to run.

Because Clinton is the runaway favorite potential woman candidate in a number of polls, the Economist/YouGov poll asked this question: “Other than Hillary Clinton, is their any other woman you would want to run for president either in 2016 or 2020?”

Some 49 women were named, and only eight received a total vote of 1 percent or more of the nearly 1,000 Americans polled. Palin won with 8 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former George W. Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at 8 percent each. First lady Michelle Obama was named by 1 percent.

It is unclear if Palin is considering a bid, though her supporters want her to run. She has remained active in GOP and Tea Party politics and on TV. As a result, only 8 percent in the poll said they were not familiar enough with Palin to form an opinion on her.

Other findings:

– 65 percent say the country is ready for a woman president.

– 54 percent think most people would vote for a woman candidate for president.

– 61 percent would have confidence in a female president’s ability to deal with an international crisis.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.