PUBLIC OPINION > Stephen Colbert Shouldn't Run for President
News 2012/01/16 14:00:00
Just when we thought the candidates were starting to cement, Comedy Central's token "Republican" starts making a move. Granted, it's a mostly satirical move in the first place, but it's not the first time Stephen Colbert has tipped his hat toward the presidential election. He ran a pseudo-campaign in 2008, but failed to get his name on the ballot. This time, Colbert is entering the scene with a legal Super PAC in the hands of fellow comedian and business partner Jon Stewart, and it sounds like he might want to jump into the South Carolina primary. As a Republican. We asked SodaHeads if he should throw in again for 2012.
Should Stephen Colbert Run for President?
54% Said Stay Out of It, Colbert!
We can sum up both sides of this argument pretty quickly. There were two kinds of "No" responses: The ones who legitimately think he would make a bad president, and the ones who refuse to crack a smile at the presidential election. This is serious, guys! The "Yes" responses were more varied. A few suggested it would be an interesting way of splitting the Democratic vote. However, most of the "Yes" votes were straight-forward: "F--- yes! He's a freakin' boss!" "Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart... They're so freakin' hot..." You get the picture. Although one commenter wrote, "I appreciate his effort to bring focus to the abusive use of super PACs by both parties."
Colbert often talks about the "Colbert Nation," which he uses to refer to his assumed viewers. But just who is this elusive Nation? Judging by our results, age is an important factor. There was a huge spike of interest in respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 -- a prized demographic in the entertainment business, but not so much in political spheres.
Conservatives Quash Colbert
What?! Conservatives don't like Colbert? We're speechless. Liberals were 54% more likely to support a Colbert campaign. It's almost like... like he's really a liberal in disguise. In all seriousness, though, it doesn't look like Colbert stands a chance in the Republican primary.
Big Money Gets Behind Him
Maybe that Super PAC idea will get him somewhere, after all. We were a little surprised to see high income voters siding with liberals to support Colbert, but it could be that they're more eager to see political action committees take a beating. Not everyone with money is throwing it at candidates. He won't win, but a little fairness could benefit everyone.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about Stephen Colbert. We'd love to hear from you!
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