Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Gee, I guess it's a good thing Obama is quitting smoking...

I have to admit the some of the results of this Washington Post article surprised me. I can clearly understand why voters would prefer to not vote for someone over the age of 72 for President. However:

In this poll, nearly six in 10 Americans said they would be less likely to vote for an older candidate, three in 10 less likely to vote for a Mormon, a quarter less likely to support a candidate with two divorces and 21 percent less likely to back someone who smokes cigarettes. And for each of these, those turned off by the attribute greatly outnumbered those who said they would be more likely to support such a candidate. For example, while 58 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate older than 72, a scant 3 percent said they would be more likely to prefer such a candidate.


As to the hot topic of sex and race?

By contrast, 13 percent of voters said the would be less likely to support a woman and 6 percent said they would be less likely to support a black -- numbers about equally offset by the percentages of people who said they would be more likely to support candidates with those attributes.


So, if you are an over 72 year old Mormon with more than one divorce and smokes? Don't think about running for President...

6 comments:

Head Spinner Scott said...

What if you are an under 72 Buddhist that has never smoked and is still married to his first wife?

Lisa Renee said...

I think you'd stand a chance.

:-)

Hooda Thunkit said...

But what about the candidates IDEAS???

Shouldn't they count for something?

Lisa Renee said...

IDEAS? Hummpf who cares about ideas anymore it's all about packaging..

:-)

(yes I'm joking)

Hooda Thunkit said...

Lisa,

Maybe yes, and maybe no. . .

Lisa Renee said...

You maybe right...

:-)