What Makes a Good Politician?

By: TallahasseeVoices Release, Stephanie Salvatore Email
By: TallahasseeVoices Release, Stephanie Salvatore Email

[UPDATE] at 6:00 PM by Stephanie Salvatore

It's crunch time at the polls with only a few days left of early voting before Election Day. A new poll by TallahasseeVoices asked 6 thousand residents in Leon County what makes the perfect politician.

Of the more than 500 people who responded, 64 percent of voters say they'd vote for a political candidate who was fiscally conservative and socially moderate to liberal.

Of those folks, 75 percent are liberals and moderates and 39 percent were conservatives.

"I think judging by what's happened in the past few years I think we do need a lot more regulation on the economy I think that's what's caused all of this.. so yeah if they're fiscally conservative and socially liberal then I'd prob be more likely to vote for them," says voter Jennifer Gallagher.

"In my mind it's important they say they'll be fiscally responsible - the word conservative doesn't- it's not a good buzz word for me," says Joan Kanan.

Charlie Crist and Alex Sink are the only state or national politicians who were viewed as the more fiscally conservative candidates, while Rick Scott and Marco Rubio fall on the bottom of the list.

While some folks consider a politician's advertisement when they go into the voter booth, others say they do their own research when it comes to what a candidate stands for.

"I think the fact that most candidates gonna runon what the country is running on. If they're saying that they're fiscally conservative of course they're going to run on that - I think we have to do out homework when we're looking at a candidate," says voter Dexter Baker.

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Tallahassee, Florida --

TallahasseeVoices has released a survey on what citizens think makes a good politician. Read it here first on WCTV.tv

The survey was conducted in October 2010. Results were weighted to reflect the demographics of the 90%+ local residents who have access to the Internet at home, work, or school.

Read it here first on WCTV.tv

The poll is attached in Power Point format above.


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  • by UNEPLOYED Location: USA BABY on Oct 29, 2010 at 12:18 AM
    KNOWING WHAT PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM HAS TO WORK FOR. THE MINIMIN WAGE.
  • by change Location: unmployed on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    what was rick scott arrested for? tell me one more time i forgot.
  • by just me Location: tally on Oct 28, 2010 at 04:39 PM
    one that is not a lawyer.
  • by SPAM Location: SPAM on Oct 28, 2010 at 04:35 PM
    well people you have seen the tv adds. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE FOR? SICKEN AND DISCUSTING.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Oct 28, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    There is no such thing.
  • by sandra sue on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    The best politician is a good looking guy who doesn't open his mouth. I want eye candy and no more lies.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    Common Sense and an obligation to serve the best interest of the majority of their constituents. If they fail in those two aspects, they fail completely...
  • by grace on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    There are no good politicians, only good public servants.
  • by mad-voter on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    This is simple - do the right thing and spend the people's money as if it were your own. Don't load up legislation with ridiculous projects and don't pass legislation just to pass something. When the Speaker of the House gets on national television and says that OweBummerCare has to be passed so that we can find out what's in it, it speaks volumes about what our politicians are doing. How did that idiot get into office anyway? Politicians need to work for the people that elected them, do not lie, cheat or steal. Unfortunately, none of them know how do do that, they are all crooked and are lining their own pockets. We need term limits on every office, there should not be a such a thing as a career politician. I can't imagine why anyone would become one, it's too slimy a business to suit my tastes. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
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