PUBLIC OPINION > Etch A Sketch Comments Won't Hurt Mitt Romney's Campaign (That Much)
SodaHead News 2012/03/23 22:00:00
Mitt Romney's campaign aide (we'll spare his name) is not having a good week. All he did was compare his candidate to an Etch A Sketch, and now every candidate and their mother is using it against him. Romney's reputation for flip-flopping, accurate or not, is back in the spotlight, and some are suggesting it's going to affect his campaign. It's already helping Etch A Sketch -- company stock doubled right after the comment took off -- but whether it will hurt Romney in the long run is tough to say. We took it to the public.
The majority thinks Romney will come out of this situation relatively unscathed. It might sting for a time, but the image is only temporary, like so much of politics. Soon this will all be forgotten, shaken from the political landscape to make way for yet another jiggly, lineographic controversy. Kind of like... Oh, what does that remind us of... We're sure there's a good metaphor in there somewhere. Oh well.
Conservatives Aren't Worried
It's important to keep in mind that this is not about whether or not Romney is a flip flopper, but whether or not drawing his face on an Etch A Sketch will ultimately hurt his campaign. Conservative voters just seem to have more faith in his resilience. Doesn't mean they'll vote for him, but they aren't worried about this.
Teens Don't See a Problem
The 18-24 group was by far the most likely to suspect some real campaign trouble ahead. More than two-thirds of them said it would probably affect the race. Teens were the least likely. Maybe they just have a hard time understanding how an Etch A Sketch could bring anything but pure joy. In that sense, we wholeheartedly agree.
Smokers Smell Trouble
Oddly, smokers were a good deal more likely to think the comment would hurt Romney's campaign. It was close enough that it could just be a fluke, but it's also possible that the ones who exceeded the overall vote were the ones who hadn't had a smoke in a while. Just a little more sensitive.
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