Kids, don’t get into politics. At least that’s the message from Americans surveyed in a new Gallup poll released Friday.
By a 2-1 margin, Americans said they would not like to see their child go into politics as a career. The results are the same whether the question is asked about a son or a daughter.
It’s not all that surprising, considering the low regard in which Americans hold their government these days — and also considering that there has been pretty consistent opposition from Americans to the idea of their children getting into politics since at least the middle of the 20th century. So it seems to be more than a comment on the current state of politics.
The only time Gallup found that more than three in 10 Americans wanted to see their son go into politics (Gallup didn’t begin asking about daughters until 1993) was in 1965.