Software // Information Management
Commentary
6/30/2008
02:21 PM
K.C. Jones
K.C. Jones
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

Voters In Both Parties Favor Same VP Candidate

No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.

No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.Affinnova says Colin Powell is the most popular candidate choice for vice president among both Democrats and Republicans.

The company released the results of a study this week showing voters in both parties favor the former secretary of state on the 2008 ticket. Its Optimize *08 project used technology to sample 2,000 voters, giving them "whole ticket concepts." That included photos, biographies, and first-term priorities. Affinnova claims the process mirrors real-world choices better than polls.

Americans like Powell for his dependability and leadership and that voters perceive him to be highly credible. And, for Democrats, a ticket with Sen. Barack Obama and Powell has broad appeal among moderates, as well as independents and Republicans who are likely to vote across party lines.

Among Democrats likely to vote, Powell led the list of favored running mates. Former Vice President Al Gore and former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt tied for second place, with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton trailing behind and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards coming in as a fifth choice. Although Clinton and Edwards are popular among core supporters, they didn't fare well overall because of polarization.

Republicans supporting Sen. John McCain favored Powell as a running mate. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied for second place. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani finished fifth, although, like Clinton and Edwards, he appeals to the party's core supporters.

So, given a choice of 100 possible vice presidents, Democrats and Republicans pick the same one. Finally, something most Americans can agree upon.

Actually, there's more, but I'll save that for tomorrow's political blog.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Elite 100 - 2014
Our InformationWeek Elite 100 issue -- our 26th ranking of technology innovators -- shines a spotlight on businesses that are succeeding because of their digital strategies. We take a close at look at the top five companies in this year's ranking and the eight winners of our Business Innovation awards, and offer 20 great ideas that you can use in your company. We also provide a ranked list of our Elite 100 innovators.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.