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Does facial hair or a modern hairstyle influence whether you would vote for a candidate?

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Originally published on on Fri, 05/30/2008 – 6:24am

picture of me from me

We’ve talked about many things that can unofficially disqualify you as a president or vice president, e.g., not having a religion. But one thing that presidents and vice presidents used to have and haven’t had for a long time might be making a comeback: beards.

The picture up above is my beard. Does that disqualify me from being president or vice president?

Photo: Alex Brandon/Associated Press
Here is a picture of Bill Richardson with a beard next to Barack Obama.

Photo: Manuel Bruque, AP

And here is Al Gore with a beard.

The last president with facial hair was William Howard Taft with a nice mustache. The last president with a beard was Benjamin Harrison.

photo from here

Is there a difference between a full beard along the lines of Abraham Lincoln and a Van Dyke like mine? Does that make a difference?

I looked at the other major vice presidential candidates to see if any of them had beards. Republican politicians would seem more reluctant to grow facial hair. I knew none of the major Republican contenders had a beard, though I had to check Florida Governor Charlie Crist, since I didn’t know what he looked like. I looked at Crist, and I didn’t see a beard.

Now we don’t want to be biased against women in this feature. Generally, women politicians wear conservative hairstyles. Could a woman contender wear a more modern hairstyle or wear streaks in their hair and still get elected?

picture of the singer Pink

Dyeing the hair isn’t an issue at all. If we could live through the jet-black hair of Ronald Reagan, hair color won’t matter.

But let us know what you think. Would facial hair cause you to be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate? What about a modern hairstyle for a female candidate: more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate?


Written by democracysoup

May 30, 2008 at 6:24 am

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  1. i really like to color my hair and i would love to try different hair colors specially auburn -;.

    Clark Borowik

    November 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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