Mamas Don’t Want Their Babies To Grow Up To Be Politicians
Most Americans don’t want their children to enter a political career:
PRINCETON, NJ — By a 2-to-1 margin, 64% to 31%, Americans would not like their child to go into politics as a career. The results are the same whether the question is asked about a “child,” a “son,” or a “daughter.” There has been little change in the percentage of Americans who would favor a political career for their son or daughter over the past two decades.
The results are based on a June 20-24 Gallup poll, and find generally little change in the desirability of politics as a profession even as trust in governmentand confidence in political institutions, particularly Congress, are low.
The largest demographic differences among major subgroups are by race, with nonwhites much more likely than whites to say they would like to see their son or daughter go into politics. This is not a reaction to the fact that the current president is black, as Gallup has found that same racial difference when the question was asked in the 1990s when George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were president.
Most Americans would not prefer their son or daughter to go into politics as a career, and this preference has not changed appreciably over time even as Americans’ frustration with the government has grown.
Compared with other possible careers, politics ranks fairly low in Americans’ pecking order. Another historical Gallup question has consistently found Americans mentioning a career in medicine or technology as the one they would advise a young man or woman to pursue. A career in politics or government has historically ranked well behind those professions as well as law, business, teaching, and engineering.
Given the relatively public attitude about politics these days, I’d suspect parents may prefer that there children enter an honorable profession instead, which at this point would be anything other than hit man for the Mafia I suspect.