Thinkstock"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" Turns out that's not just a classic fairy tale line, it's how many Americans are electing politicians.
A study out of the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) found that just like Disney villains, our political process could be suffering from an obsession with looks too. But the beauty factor runs deeper than just plain old being pretty. In this glossy media age, it seems candidates that look like a stereotypical successful politician have a better chance of becoming one.
Past research has found that attractive or more capable-looking candidates fare better in elections. But in this case, the researchers dug in and found one possible influence.
The study uses data from 35 gubernatorial and 29 Senate races in 2006 correlated with the results of a survey measuring voter intent, general levels of political knowledge, and hours of television exposure.
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