A new poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa shows the state is ready to play a historic role in helping to elect a woman to the White House in 2016, the president of EMILY's List said Thursday.

The poll, which involved voters in Iowa and eight other battleground states, said there was near unanimous willingness to vote for a woman for president, as well as a high number who think it is somewhat or very likely a woman will win in 2016.

Stephanie Schriock, the president of the group that advocates for electing Democratic, pro-choice women, said the figures are striking and the country is poised for change.

"This is going to change very, very quickly," she said in an interview  Thursday. "We're already seeing it in the numbers. And that's why I think we've got a really good opportunity here to have Iowa lead the way on nominating the first woman presidential candidate in the Democratic Party."

EMILY's List is in the state today for a town hall meeting in Des Moines, part of its "Madam President" initiative. Schriock and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., are participating.

Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson, a longtime political reporter, is the moderator.

EMILY's List backed Hillary Clinton's bid for president in 2008. The former secretary of state has not said whether she'll run in 2016, but polls say she would be the clear front-runner for the party's nomination if she did.

This new poll, which was conducted of 800 voters, said 96 percent said they would consider voting for a woman if their party nominated one for president. Seventy-two percent said it is somewhat or very likely the next president will be a woman.

The poll was conducted for EMILY's List from April 3-9. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

In Iowa, an additional 100 likely Democratic caucus-goers were polled, and 96 percent said they would consider voting for a woman. Eighty-five percent said it is somewhat or very likely that a woman will be the next president. The margin of error in Iowa was plus or minus 9.8 percentage points.

The 2016 presidential caucuses are 2½ years away, but activity in the state already is percolating. Republicans have been particularly active, with this weekend's summit by the conservative group the Family Leader drawing potential 2016 hopefuls, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also had made recent stops in the state.

There has been less activity on the Democratic side, as much of the early attention has focused on guessing whether Clinton will run.

Schriock, whose mother is from Mason City and still has family there, noted Iowa has never elected a woman to federal office, but she wants to change that in 2014.

EMILY's List, she said, has fully endorsed former state Sen. Staci Appel, who intends to challenge Rep. Tom Latham, a Republican who represents Iowa's 3rd District.

Schriock also said that the group is considering getting involved in Iowa's 1st District congressional race, where three women are among candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination.

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I do not care if it is a female or male, Repub or Dem, white or black, christian or atheist.
Just PLEASE - no more Clinton's!! That goes for Bush's too. There has got to be someone whose last name is not Bush or Clinton qualified to lead the nation.


Okay, here we go again, time to re-energize the , "Let's be the first generation to do this" bandwagon. Mr Obama was initially elected because so many people just wanted to be able to say, "I was there and I voted for the first president to be of African-American descent, therefore look how progressive I am in joining the rest of the lemmings going over the cliff". Iowa was very instrumental in Mr Obama becoming president as he received some of his strongest support from this state. I don't really think a lot of people were actually paying attention to his political agenda during his campaign, they were just wanting to be part of a major historical event. It is kind of like buying a big box with fancy wrapping without bothering to see what is on the inside first. Witness the enormity of his first inauguration ceremony with crowds of people, celebrities, & Oprah crying on some random guy's shoulder. Compared to the second inauguration, which was accomplished with much less hoopla as having a black president was now yesterday's news. I think the same process would happen but on a smaller scale if the Emily's List candidate is elected to office. Electing politicians based on how much melanin is present in skin cells or what gender or other physical attributes the person has is always a bad idea. Why don't we elect our leaders according to Bubba's list? Ask yourself these questions: Would you trust your family's life with this person? Would you trust this person with your personal family finances? Would you like to have this person as a neighbor? What has this person done with their lives so far that qualifies them to speak for you in office? These are just a few things you should ask yourself before casting your one precious vote. Look at the poiticians that affect your daily life and see how they stand up against these questions. Don't be a lemming! If you think about it, a true American will cast aside a candidate's physical attributes or ethnic background, and will support the candidate that most exemplifies what is needed for the community, whether it is from a conservative, liberal, or middle of the road point of view.

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