The Pew Research Center is out with a fascinating new poll highlighting views of women in politics and business.
What caught our eye, though, is the following chart. Pew asked people whether they "personally hope the United States will elect a female president in your lifetime," or whether it didn't matter to them.
Overall, 38 percent said it did matter, while 57 percent disagreed.
The gap between parties, as you might imagine, is pretty stark. While nearly six in 10 Democrats say they would like to see a female president, fewer than one in five Republicans agree. Even among GOP women, just 20 percent say they "personally hope" for a president of their gender.
While not named in the question, it's not hard to believe the answers are — in large part, at least — about Hillary Clinton. She is very likely to run for president, and thus she's who the two parties tend to think of when it comes to "female president."
Of course, that's probably not the whole picture. The two parties do tend to have different views when it comes to issues like affirmative action and equality vs. equality of opportunity. Republicans probably don't see having a president of a given gender or race as being a particularly laudable goal, in and of itself.
What also caught our eye? Even as Democrats more broadly want a female president, just 46 percent of Democratic men do (compared to 69 percent of Democratic women).
Democrats are hopeful that Clinton's potential candidacy helps them with women — particularly young, single women — who might not otherwise vote in a presidential election. This suggests the novelty of a female president is indeed something the vast majority of their female voters want to see, and could get excited about.
Democratic men? Not so much.