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If you read ConsumerAffairs and other review sites, you might think Americans hate and distrust businesses. Perhaps they do, but a Gallup poll finds that four in five Americans (81%) say the U.S. would be better governed if more people with business and management experience were in political office.

A majority -- 63% -- say the country would be better governed with more female political leaders, up slightly from 57% in 1995 and 2000.

Americans also favor governance by those who "think it is more important to compromise to get things done" (63%) over those who "think it is more important to hold firm to their principles" (56%) -- although the overlap between the figures shows that some Americans view both types of leaders favorably.

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Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say electing more political moderates would improve the way the country is governed, while fewer say this about political conservatives (47%) and political liberals (33%). Thirty-two percent believe the country would be governed better if more people backed by the Tea Party movement were in office, while more, 48%, believe it would be governed worse.

About half of Americans think the country would be better governed if more people who are religious (51%), and more racial and ethnic minorities (48%) were in office.

More women

The 63% of Americans who believe the U.S. would be better governed if more women were in political office includes 69% of women and 55% of men.

Overall, self-identified liberals (78%), unmarried women (78%), and women aged 18 to 49 (76%) express the most optimism in female leaders.

A large majority of blacks (75%), Democrats (75%), and people aged 18 to 29 (73%) also believe having more women in office would improve the government.


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