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Celebrity endorsements

This poll comes out of watching Matt Damon's criticisms of Sara Palin. It made me wonder how much attention people pay to what celebrities say about politics. (If you missed the comments, I'll post a YouTube link at the end of the poll.)



Poll #1259009 Hollywood and Politics

What did you think about Matt Damon's criticism of Sara Palin?

I thought it was bang on
26(44.8%)
I thought it was reasonable, though I didn't agree with all of it
3(5.2%)
I didn't agree with much if any of it, but he has a right to his opinion
1(1.7%)
I thought it was pretty stupid, but I guess even stupid people have a right to an opinion
2(3.4%)
He should keep his stupid mouth shut
1(1.7%)
I never heard it at all
24(41.4%)
Other (what?)
1(1.7%)

Generally speaking, when Hollywood celebrities come out in favour of a political candidate, what is your typical response?

I pay attention to what they say and am inclined to follow their recommendation
0(0.0%)
I pay attention to what they say and am inclined to follow their recommendation if it is a celebrity that I like or admire
1(1.8%)
I pay attention to what they say and am not inclined to follow their recommendation
11(19.3%)
I pay attention to what they say and am not inclined to follow their recommendation if it is a celebrity that I dislike or hate
0(0.0%)
I pay attention but am not inclined to follow their recommendation since I dislike people telling me who I should vote for
13(22.8%)
I don't pay any attention at all. I'm capable of making up my own mind thank you.
21(36.8%)
I take offence, who do they think they are telling me who to vote for?
0(0.0%)
I think it's stupid, what do actors know about politics?
3(5.3%)
None of these come close to capturing how I typically respond, so maybe I'll comment about it.
8(14.0%)

In 2004, John Kerry had a lot of celebrity endorsements, while George Bush discouraged them (according to Dennis Miller). Which do you think was the better strategy?

Bush's obviously, since he won
3(5.3%)
Kerry's. He lost for other reasons.
8(14.0%)
Celebrity endorsements aren't a factor at all, so neither was better.
38(66.7%)
Other
8(14.0%)

Generally speaking, do you think celebrity endorsements help or hurt a presidential candidate?

Help
7(12.3%)
Hurt
3(5.3%)
They're neutral
39(68.4%)
Other (what?)
8(14.0%)

If the celebrity you like most came out in favour of the presidential candidate from the other party that you supported, how would you react?

I'd throw my support behind the candidate which the celebrity supported
0(0.0%)
I'd reconsider who I was supporting and might change my support
2(3.5%)
I'd keep supporting my candidate, but still like/love the celebrity as much as before
25(43.9%)
I'd keep supporting my candidate, and would think less of the celebrity
26(45.6%)
Other (what?)
4(7.0%)


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