How important are looks in a president?

United States
January 21, 2012 11:40am CST
Talking with a friend who is very non-political they told me that if they were to vote (because they don't even do that) that they would not vote for Ron Paul because he reminded them of Mr Magoo...Out of all the candidates they chose Romney purely off of looks. Thank god they don't actually vote but I have to wonder how many people out there really do choose their candidates off of looks alone. I also have to wonder if a lot of people choose who they vote for off of looks without ever realizing it. Let's face it the news media really doesn't dig too far in to politicians voting records or anything of real substance so is it really all about the looks and voice that gets a person elected today? We have become a reality TV society is politics just becoming an extension of that?
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@dheckerz (473)
• Philippines
22 Jan 12
Needless to say, looks and bearing is very important not just for president but I guess in other aspects too. People would usually give their judgment with what they see or one's physical attributes and the rest will follow.
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• United States
22 Jan 12
There is an old expression "beauty is only skin deep but ugliness is clear to the bone". Someone can be a handsome person but if they are mentally ugly it resides deep within their core being (bone).
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Jan 12
Oh yes...looks have become very important. I don't think it is looks alone, but I do think that it has become a huge deal. There has been a progression of actor looking officials over the years and it just continues to get worse. I think there is unfortunately alot more emphasis on looks than there should be in a lot of areas.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
It all reminds me of that horrible comedy with Luke Wilson in it called "Idiocracy".
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
21 Jan 12
the first ever televised debate was between Nixon and Kennedy...Kennedy won the debate, and the election, and many credited that to Nixon's radio face. Take that if you will...
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• United States
21 Jan 12
Very good point. Nixon had just recovered from the flu as I recall and he didn't wear make up and was sweating. I wonder if there is politicians who put ice packs in their suits so they don't sweat...lol
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
28 Jan 12
Unfortunately most people do (at least to a certain extent, whether or not they admit it) judge others on looks first and formost. Not just in politics, but in everyday life too. I think that has a lot to do with how we ended up with a do nothing government in office. It also has a lot to do with how they keep getting re-elected. We tend to be very prejudiced even if we don't like to admit it. This just seems to naturally carry over into politics.