Since 1988, Nickelodeon has televised their popular election special Kids Pick The President every four years, highlighting the year’s presidential candidates. This program is geared to kids and is the culmination of days of electronic voting by children. At the end of the night, the winner is announced.
Incidentally, the kids have a pretty good track record, correctly predicting the last 5 out of 6 winners.
In the last election, the kids chose President Obama over Senator John McCain by a vote of 51 percent for Obama and 49 percent for McCain.
This year the voting differed. In years past, votes were allowed as many times as kids wanted to vote. This year, only one vote was allowed per electronic device with the hope that this method would more accurately reflect the actual election process.
So who did the kids pick this year?
President Obama won again at a whopping 65 percent of the vote compared to 35 percent for Romney. It’s worth noting that Governor Mitt Romney declined appearing on the show to answer kids’ questions. However, that doesn’t seem to be a factor in the results, because the only other candidate who refused to appear was Senator John Kerry back in 2004, but kids picked him as the winner that year. That was the only time the kids got it wrong.
Kids Pick The President host Linda Ellerbee feels that the show mirrors how many of the parents will vote, noting that kids usually vote the way their parents do, so there may be some weight to the Nickelodeon vote.
What do you think? Do you think the kids will get it right this year?
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