Campaign fatigue has obviously hit the pollsters. An AP-Yahoo News survey is asking for an evaluation of the candidates, not about their policies or experience, but their likeability. What next? Will we be asked to assess them as poker players, dog trainers, guardians for our kids?
Obama, who takes hits in the experience area, is perceived as “most honest”, an area where Mc Cain and Giuliani also fare well, so these candidates would likely be the favorites as housesitters and guardians for our kids though Rudy, whose kid is pro-Obama, may be more likely to get our house keys than our children.
Hillary, acknowledged to be most likely to “hit the ground running”, loses ground when voters are asked which candidate they’d choose to have along on a vacation. Expect to see Hillary and her handlers at Club Med, perfecting her backhand as well as warm and fuzzy stuff. Edwards does well in this category, but I wouldn’t want to wait for my morning coffee while he fusses with his hair, so I'd sooner take Giuliani, who surely spends far less time at the bathroom mirror post comb-over. Rudy's decisiveness could also be a plus when the family is split on where to eat.
According to the poll, Democrats are weighing personal traits more heavily than policy positions this time around while Republicans care more about policy.