Does physical appearance play a role in who you would vote for?
Naturally, there are several factors in our decision making process when we go to vote. We look at a candidate's voting record, their philosophy on a host of topics and sometimes even who is financially backing them. However, what about a candidate's looks or habits? Many people complain about Hilary Clinton's hair and pant suits. People were bothered by Mitt Romney's stiff body posture. Others make comments about Chris Christie's weight. For me,(yes, I'm being superficial) Marco Rubio constantly licking his lips reminds me of a lizard or serpent. Am I being shallow in my thinking?
No--some people just give you the heebee jeebee's. For me, it is Ted Cruz. I would put a dress and make-up on him, and call him Teresa!
Such an every man?? He went to Hahvahd and his wife is at Goldman Sachs.Pullease. Pass the arrugula! Oh wait: it's only elitist when Obama eats it, right? LOL
I don't know if they'll let me keep the link here but the show "brain games" did a great segment on picking winners and losers in political races based on appearance. There are scientific reasons, beyond vanity, why we tend to do this - a person's facial structure tends to send subconscious cues that we pick up on as being trustworthy or not. I can tell you right now - not a single choice of those running appears trustworthy at all so far. Here's the link if it gets snipped look up "brain games + politics" on Youtube it's a fun segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsXcFvGiCs8
Thank you for the video link. I picked 100% of those elected. First impressions really do make a difference.
Very interesting video clip! I guess politics is not for the "butt ugly" types! LOL! I also noticed those who were comfortable smiling seemed to win more often than those who appeared to "force" their smiles.
As a non voter (gasp) I know it is unheard of not to vote,but I have seen many people I know voting upon looks in the past,also age.I personally would vote more on the basis of Their campaign.
I did gasp regarding you not voting. A complacent society is one destined for doom. I hope you reconsider your position and go to the polls.
I agree Dennis, while I grow weary of voting for the "lesser of evils" not voting is not an option. We have a duty to participate in society and apathetic people are how crooked govts. take hold as we have witnessed in the past few decades.
Although I vote I understand those who have voter apathy. Some are frustrated because "their person" never wins. However if the loser garners enough votes regarding a particular issue it can lead the winner to address it.
A landslide doesn't.
I understand what you mean on the importance but to me it seems like even the president in running with the best of intentions do not have the final say,so I don't see a lot of difference between candidates.
I understand what you are saying, I still believe voting is the most important right we have and exercise in this country. I vote for school board members, town, county, state and federal elections. I feel I am honoring a veteran in doing so.
In all honesty I do believe people vote for a "whole package".
Back when JFK defeated Nixon who at the time was considered more qualified to be president after serving as VP to Eisenhower.
Many folks attributed Kennedy's win to his youthful appearance, beautiful wife, oratory skills, and the fact that Nixon sweat like pig during a nationally televised debate. I believe it was the first televised presidential debate.
When people were asked who'd they'd rather have a beer with; Al Gore or George W. Bush? Most people polled chose Bush.
Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan had a folksy charisma that connected with people. It came through that they (enjoyed) pressing the flesh.
Some politicians come off as arrogant mean spirited elitist. Generally speaking people want to "like" the candidate they vote for.
The same holds true for buying products from a salesperson. If people don't "like you" it's nearly impossible to win them over.
People also for the most part want their president to be married, have a family, and state they believe in God.
It's unlikely we'll see a serious contender for president who is an eligible bachelor and openly atheist or a 5'4" bald fat man get elected regardless of their stance on issues or their proposed solutions.
Unfortunately, it plays more of a role than it should. People are easily distracted by a "pretty face" than by a candidate's stance on major issues. People don't want to do the homework to see if a candidate is truly who they want representing them. They'll swallow whatever the corporate controlled media feeds them. We, as a country, have been lulled into a false sense of security about politicians, mainly because of laws like Citizens United. As long as there's money in politics, it doesn't matter who is of substance; the media will tell the lazy majority who they should be voting for, and those media are controlled by big money.
It does not for me. One of the reasons that I love the internet is that you cannot judge others by their looks or voices or economic status, UNLESS they want it known. Then agains, as you state in your question, there is Body Langage and that also tells lots about a person. There was a hub on here that talksed about certain body language people use and don't know it. I don't know if it is still up or not.
For me, Hillary Clinton's appearance matters, and that is because I really do wonder why so many of her pants suits resemble the outfits worn by Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-un?
Is it just Hilary's pantsuits that make you think of communist and dictatorship leaders or does that apply to all women in pantsuits? So, I guess a dress would make everything better.
Dennis Page, you're trying to run the old liberal trick of playing the "sexist card" on me. But anyway, H. C. is a communist, regardless of what she wears. And you know as well as I do the reason why she always wears pants suits; her elephant legs
Dennis, those are the typical kinds of responses you get from those who parrot right wing talking points without any actual knowledge. Are you surprised really? I wasn't I think this kind of ignorance is just getting started sadly.
Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. People of his ilk bring down the entire nation on the world stage. Others look at the blind hatred and disrespect here and shake their heads in bewilderment.
Sander, Page, it is because of liberals like the two of you, and liberalism in general, that "my people" (blacks) are suffering so many disproportionate social and economic problems. Ever since the 1950s, liberalism has been destroying black society.
Love the "victim mentality" blaming liberals. I see more liberals pushing back against police brutality and obvious racism in current society, but ok, it's our fault. whatever.
Sander, it is because of you liberals that much of America, especially blacks, has a "victim mentality." Also, I and other "thinking blacks" could not care less about liberals' current straw men, police brutality of blacks and "unchecked racism."
Wow! just - wow.... nothing else to say to that lack of logic, but wow...
Yeah, Sander, you will NEVER understand, 'cause it's a black thang.
I neither have the time nor the inclination to go through semantics of views with you. I'm just as entrenched in my thinking as you. Of course, you probably want to argue about that too. You must have loved Bush drawing a line in the sand. -ugh-
And you must love the fact that Democratic president, Harry Truman, gave the order for two powerful nuclear bombs to be dropped on thousands of innocent "people of color."
Bullying those with dissenting views is typical behavior with members of the Greed Over People Party (GOP). You feel a need to have the last word so go ahead and leave your boorish response because I'm done with you.
feenix, some of us wish that UR kind would leave the past in the past, where it belongs. Today is a different world and IMHO I don't cae if you are purple with pink polka dots. Ur ignorance shows in UR words, not ur color of skin.
Debra Allen, when it comes to cruel and inhumane treatment of vast numbers of people -- such as the mass enslavement of blacks, the nuclear attacks against Japanese civilians and the Holocaust -- there are no statutes of limitation. "NEVER FORGET."
NEVER let others grow up? hmmm how's that working for ya?
Debra Allen, based on your logic G.W. Bush haters should stop talking about all of the "waterboarding" that took place during his watch. But no, that is not going to happen because liberals play the game based on selective and self-serving rules.
Ok, I am also done with your prejudice of peoples you have no die what the hel* you are talking about. I am ME, nothing else What you call me is what you see in teh mirror. Nig04 is not a color, it is an attitude. Have a nice Day!
by Peeples 5 years ago
Should I just accept that my husband won't vote?I almost never disagree with my husband. However he has the "No need to vote when they're all the same" mentality. I am really wanting him to vote or at least learn the issues because we will be moving to a new tax bracket soon and I believe...
by Michele Travis 6 years ago
Why don't enough people vote?More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever to vote in a presidential election.In 2008 the Presidential electionwith ballots still being counted in some precincts into Wednesday morning, an estimated 64 percent of the electorate turned out,...
by Man from Modesto 5 years ago
Do you research candidates before voting? How could anyone vote for Romney or Obama?I wrote articles about a local Modesto mayoral election in 2012. Though I was on the first Google results page for the biggest search phrases on Google (and there weren't too many!), only a few dozen read the...
by marinealways24 9 years ago
We use the internet for everything. Why not the internet? If we voted by internet, this would almost cancel out need for politicians. With internet voting, the people could vote on the laws. With internet, the country would trly be run by the people.
by sunforged 6 years ago
Disenfranchisement Movement?Must have had my head in the dirt or clouds or something, but this topic is new "news" to me. Today I have read reports from Rolling Stone, 3rd party Think Tanks, Non Partisan Watchdog groups and many many traditional news sources.So has it been mainstream news...
by Bob Ewing 7 years ago
In the last Canadian federal election only 61% of the prospective voters, voted. Do people stay away from the polls because they do not care about the outcome? Are they unable to choose?Why do you think people do not vote?actually v
|HubPages Device ID|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Google Analytics|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel|
|Google Hosted Libraries|
|Google AdSense Host API|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels|
|Author Google Analytics|
|Amazon Tracking Pixel|