Even after the Democrat's top presidential recruit Hillary Clinton spent four years circling the globe as secretary of state, more Americans think a woman would outperform a man on a domestic agenda, while a quarter still believe a male candidate would outperform her on the world stage.
A new poll out Thursday by Democrat polling firm Anzalone, Liszt, Grove Research shows 86 percent of Americans think the country's ready to elect a woman president. And nearly 75 percent think the country will elect one in 2016. Even more telling, 49 percent of voters say they would be more engaged in the 2016 election if a woman throws her hat into the ring.
The poll was released at an event for Emily's List, a group that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. The group has launched a campaign to elect the country's first female president, but the candidate would still have some barriers to break down.
While many voters polled said that women and men would do equal jobs promoting national security and education, some still believe a woman is stronger stateside than abroad.
When it comes to safeguarding a woman's right to make her own health care decisions, 48 percent said a woman president would do a better job than a man, 48 percent said it would make no difference and 2 percent said a man would protect women's rights more.
Nearly 20 percent also said a woman would do a better job of ending the polarization in Washington, while nearly 75 percent said a woman and man would have an equal shot at curtailing partisan bickering.
The discrepancy comes down to the perception of strength. Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they were concerned a woman president could be seen as weaker than a male one, even though 75 percent argued that a female leader would be a good thing for the country.
On national security, 70 percent of voters said that men and women would both do a good job of retaining the country's role on the world stage, but 25 percent still thought that a man would do a better job. Only 3 percent thought a woman would be stronger than a man in that role.
And while 69 percent said that women and men would be equally equipped to handle leaders worldwide, 22 percent still believed a man would excel more than a woman would at glad handing with foreign powers.
The poll of 800 voters was conducted between April 3 through April 9 across 9 battleground states.