An interesting societal shift seems to have pushed age (70 and above) into the undesirable position of the most negative characteristic for a political candidate.
A Pew Research Center poll last year found that 55 percent of Americans said it would make no difference to them if the candidate was in his or her 70s. But 66 percent of Americans said it would make no difference to them if a candidate was gay or lesbian and 71 percent said it would make no difference if the candidate were female. Thus, it makes more difference to the public if candidates are in their 70s than if they are gay or lesbian or female.
At the same time, 36 percent of those polled said it was less likely that they would support a candidate in their 70s, compared to 27 percent who would be less likely to support candidates who are gay or lesbian and nine percent who are less likely to support female candidates. So more Americans – of all ages – are less willing to vote for politicians in their 70s than they are for gay and lesbian and female candidates. Continue reading “AGE TAKES THE LEAD AS A NEGATIVE IN POLITICS”