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52% of Americans would feel "very comfortable" with a female president

Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, each rumored as potential 2020 presidential candidates. Photos: Paul Marotta via Getty Images; Ethan Miller via Getty Images; Theo Wargo via Getty Images for DGA

52% of Americans — including 45% of men and 60% of women — say they would feel "very comfortable" having a female president, according to a new study by Kantar Public.

The big picture: The Reykjavik Index for Leadership ranks the U.S. third among G7 countries in terms of the percentage of people who would be comfortable with a female head of state. The U.K., which is currently led by Prime Minister Theresa May, came first with 58%, while Germany — which has been governed by Chancellor Angela Merkel for the past 13 years — ranked sixth with 26%.

By the numbers:

  • U.K.: 58% (52% of men, 65% of women)
  • Canada: 57% (49% of men, 65% of women)
  • U.S.: 52% (45% of men, 60% of women)
  • Italy: 42% (34% of men, 49% of women)
  • France: 40% (39% of men, 42% of women)
  • Germany: 26% (23% of men, 30% of women)
  • Japan: 23% (20% of men, 26% of women)

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