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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%.

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At UN General Assembly, "America First" likely to cause more clashes

President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City.
President Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd UN General Assembly on September 19, 2017, in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt via Getty Images

When President Trump addresses the UN General Assembly (UNGA) — the ultimate multilateral pageant — on September 25, he will be engaging a global community that has experienced his foreign policy for what it is: American unilateralism. Since the last UNGA, when he declared his doctrine of “America First,” Trump's unorthodox diplomacy has disrupted several multilateral meetings, from NATO to the G7.

The big picture: Trump is attempting to extricate the U.S. from the multilateral vision and institutions that have defined the post–World War II system. U.S. allies appreciate the fruits of that system — which include economic growth, a significant reduction in armed conflict and poverty alleviation — and fear losing the U.S. as a constructive partner.

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