Women want Obama administration to focus on economy, poll finds

A national poll of women sponsored by Lifetime Networks shows respondents think the economy should be the top priority of the incoming Obama administration. And most said the president-elect should not consider gender in his appointments.

Asked about the role of Michelle Obama, 49 percent would like to see her get involved in several issues, while 38 percent say she should focus on being a wife and mother.

The telephone poll was conducted jointly by a Republican pollster and a Democratic pollster and questioned 600 American women by telephone Nov. 21-24. The margin of error for the main sample is plus or minus 4.4 percent, with margins of error higher for subgroups.

The poll found by a ratio of more than 12-to-1 that women considered the 2008 election cycle a “step forward” and not a “step backward” toward electing the first female president. And 93 percent  said that the candidacies of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton should encourage more women to run for office, and 79 percent said their experiences made running for office more appealing.

About 92 percent of the women agreed with this view: “The fact that two women from different political parties ran for President and Vice President this year makes it more likely that more women will consider running for office.” 

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