Kids Pick Kerry to Be the Next President
Kid power! Democrat John Kerry is the winner, and the rest of the country should pay attention because the vote on Nickelodeon’s Web site has correctly chosen the president of the United States in the past four elections. Nearly 400,000 children and teens voted, and the results were released Wednesday. Kerry received 57 percent of the vote; President Bush got 43 percent.
Nickelodeon has been airing information on the Nov. 2 election, plus sponsoring debates where kids could put forth their views on the environment, the war in Iraq and terrorism. Some animated shows on the cable channel also have been focusing on the election.
Linda Ellerbee, who writes and hosts “Nick News,” says their voting usually reflects their parents’ views Ã¢€” but not all the time. “Every so often you get a kid that says, `My parents are voting for X, but I’m voting for Y,'” she said. “It’s amazing, the point when kids start forming their own ideas about issues.”
Yikes. Not a good sign for Bush, although the magnitude of the Kerry win is so inconsistent with any of the polling that I’m a bit skeptical. Not to mention the fact that it’s a web poll.