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Poll: Do Women or Men Make Better Leaders in Government?


Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. stand on stage before the start of their debate at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday April 16, 2008.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

On balance, do you think women or men make better leaders in government?


Women: 50%
Men: 0%
No difference: 50%



"As a man, I can say women have more common sense and don't get caught up in the power play that stunts results."

"Can't generalize completely, but often women are more prepared than men and not as crazy (Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin excluded)."


"Women are problem solvers; men dig in and testosterone flies."

"Women have a more well-rounded perspective, particularly if they have been working moms. They are generally more collaborative and communicative. Also, less likely to steal and cheat."

"The men have pretty much showed they are incapable of functioning, and women have not had an equal chance to prove themselves."

"Too many male legislators refuse to find middle ground and compromise. It has created a polarizing and debilitating environment in Washington."


"More in touch with what the average family faces; their word is usually their bond; and they are not as quick to judge."

No difference

"I don't think a woman is a better leader than a male, but she does offer a different style of leadership, with more emphasis on consensus and less on conflict."

"Both can be great, both can be awful—you don't have to search hard for examples."

"While I agree that gender can impact perspective, I don't think it changes the caliber of leadership."

"Different situations call for differing leadership styles. There is no one best way."

"The question is wrong. There is a difference, but one isn't necessarily better than the other. Women and men lead differently, and in a representative democracy, you need an equal number of both to get to the solutions the country needs. And you need a better rotation in executive positions and equal numbers on boards to get better results."


On balance, do you think women or men make better leaders in government?


Women: 8%
Men: 10%
No difference: 82%


"Women tend to be more independent and take multiple factors into account. Generally, the women who have served in the Senate and House have seemed to want to do the right thing, rather than just compete to win—which is a male trait."


"It's the perception more than the reality. Men convey command presence better, which is still integral to gaining the confidence of voters. Not fair, but still the case."

"Men, because they always do what their wives tell them to."

No difference

"Very hard to generalize. Margaret Thatcher was a better leader than most men. Ronald Reagan was a better leader than most men or women."

"It's all about the individual."

"It's hard to generalize about gender and leadership whenyou have men like Bill Clinton who specialize in empathy, while women like Margaret Thatcher exhibit steely resolve."

"Gender has nothing to do with a leader being strong or weak. We've seen both good and bad of both genders."

"It's not about gender; it's about ability. However, it is imperative that there be a healthy balance of both genders. The best-led organizations are the gender-balanced ones."

"Both sexes have the good, the bad, and the ugly."

"Few men could match Thatcher in the Falklands war when it comes to leadership."

"Men range from Ronald Reagan to Mark Foley, and women range from Margaret Thatcher to Michele Bachmann, so it's impossible to generalize this way."

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