Opinion: Presidential candidates as babysitters?


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Here’s a new poll that might mean something. Though darned if we know what right now. recently polled 1,006 parents on all kinds of issues that worry them about raising children -- Internet predators, school bullies, healthcare costs and a bunch of other stuff you don’t want to think about once your kids graduate from high school.

But they also asked those same parents which presidential candidate they would most trust to babysit their child?

And which presidential candidate they would least trust to babysit their child?

Who do you think won? And lost?

Turns out, Hillary Clinton both won and lost. And that surprises you?

Twenty-six percent of parents said they would most trust her to babysit, but 25% said they’d least trust her. How’s that for a split electorate? Are we headed to the Supreme Court again -- Clinton vs Clinton?


In terms of most trusted, None came in second with 19%, Barack Obama third with 13%, Don’t Know at 12%, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 9%, Fred Thompson at 6%, Mitt Romney and John Edwards at 5%, John McCain at 4% and Refused at 2%.

Now, in terms of least trusted to babysit, it’s not all that different with Don’t Know at 19%, None at 13%, Giuliani 13%, McCain 7%, Obama and Thompson at 6%, Edwards at 5%, Romney at 4% and good old Refused still at 2%.

Unfortunately, every one of them is likely to be busy for the next many weekends. So don’t call them; they’ll call you.

-- Andrew Malcolm