WHICH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WOULD YOU INVITE TO YOUR HOLIDAY DINNER?


KIDS PICK BARACK OBAMA AS THEIR #1 DINNER GUEST,
WHILE PARENTS SAY, SAVE A SEAT FOR HILLARY CLINTON


New York, NY (December 20, 2007) -- New York, NY (December 20, 2007) – Which presidential candidate would you invite to carve the holiday ham or pass the candied yams?  According to recent polls on Scholastic.com, kids and parents overwhelming selected the Democratic party choices: Senator Barack Obama for kids and Senator Hillary Clinton for parents.  More than 2,500 students and adults voted on the Scholastic online polls, answering the question: “Which presidential candidate would you invite to your holiday dinner?”  Participants could choose from Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney (the front-runners of both parties based on recent polls in Iowa).

A whopping 49.3% of kids selected Obama for a seat at the dinner table, while Clinton was the second most popular with 29.3% of the students voting on Scholastic News Online® (www.scholastic.com/news), America’s leading news source for kids.  On the parents’ poll at the popular parent site Scholastic.com (www.scholastic.com/parents), just over 24% of adults chose Clinton for a dinner guest, with 23.5% going for Obama. 

The leading Republican dinner guest was Governor Mike Huckabee with both kids and parents.  Governor Mitt Romney was the least likely to receive an invitation from kids with 4.4% of their votes, while John Edwards was the last one to the party with just 7.6% of the adults’ votes.

Here are the complete results from each poll:

Scholastic News Online Student Poll
Barack Obama  49.3%
Hillary Clinton 29.3%
John Edwards  5.8%
Mike Huckabee 5.8%
Rudy Giuliani  5.3%
Mitt Romney  4.5%
Scholastic.com Online Parent Poll
Hillary Clinton 24.4%
Barack Obama  23.5%
Mike Huckabee 17.5%
Rudy Giuliani  12.1%
Mitt Romney  14.9%
John Edwards  7.6%

The Scholastic News Online poll and Scholastic.com poll are not based on a scientifically designed sample of the population.  These polls are designed as a fun, educational activity to encourage thought and debate, and to give students an opportunity to express their opinions.  The respondents are self-selected, based on teachers who want their classes to participate and students or parents who want to participate individually.

Additional election coverage at Scholastic News Online and in Scholastic Classroom Magazines includes ongoing election news, election games and quizzes, as well as election lesson plans and materials for teachers.

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