The Mother Jones Poll

There were 482 respondents to last week’s poll. Here’s what they had to say, and don’t forget to check out our ten favorite new <a href="/news_wire/soapbox/topten.html">slogans</a> for Dole. Be sure to participate in our latest poll. Also, check out the <a href="poll_archive.html">results</a> of our previous polls.

1 a. Which of the following is Bob Dole’s campaign slogan?

The majority of the people got it right, “Bob Dole: A better man for a better America” is Bob Dole’s campaign slogan. Here’s how everyone scored:

21% Bob Dole: A better man for a better America

15% A tunnel to the 19th century

13% (no answer given)

12% Just don’t do it

11% I’m a Dull man

9% Fifteen Percent

6% My wife won’t be in charge of anything

3% My dog Leader chews Socks for breakfast

2% A better plan, a man for a better America

2% I’m a Dole man

2% A bridge to the 21st century

2% Just do it

2% Pro-Life, Pro-wife, pro-family

1% Kansas rules

1 b. Had some trouble with that one, huh? What’s your suggestion for a more memorable slogan for Dole? (Best answer wins a MoJo Wire baseball cap.)

And the winners are…

2. The latest polls say that Clinton is ahead by 25 points, so we figure he’s got some serious political capital to burn. How would you suggest he spend it?

We’ve ranked the responses on how Clinton should spend some of his political capital:

1. Start inhaling

2. Renew his crusade for universal health care

3. Reform campaign financing

4. Work toward solutions for homelessness and poverty

5. Strengthen environmental protections

6. Support gay rights

7. Reform welfare reform

8. Start dating

** NOTE: (Voters could choose as many as they wanted from the list of possible expenditures of political capital.)

3. Choose your own All-Star first family:


28% Harry Browne
23% Ralph Nader
16% Hillary Rodham Clinton
16% Bill Clinton
6% (No preference)
3.5% Ross Perot
3% Bob Dole
1.5% Lyndon LaRouche
1% Howard Phillips
1% John Hagelin

First Kid:

23% Kelsey Grammer
20% (No Preference)
19% Chelsea Victoria Clinton
16% Amy Carter
12% Patti Davis
6% Ross Perot Jr.
3% Robin Dole

First Spouse:

35% Eleanor Roosevelt
21% (No Preference)
16% Hillary Rodham Clinton
11% Bill Clinton
10% Elizabeth Dole
5% Helga Zepp-LaRouche
2% Margot Perot

First Pet:

31% Socks
25% John Hagelin’s horses
23% (No Preference)
13% Millie
7% Leader

4. Special VP debate (October 9th) bonus question: Who would you rather have for President?

57% Al Gore

26% Jack Kemp

5. If the elections were held today, and all these candidates had an equal chance of winning, who would you vote for?

32% Harry Browne (Libertarian)

31% Ralph Nader (Green Party)

25% Bill Clinton (Democrat)

5% Bob Dole (Republican)

3% Ross Perot (Reform Party)

2% (No Preference)

1.3% Howard Phillips (U.S. Taxpayers Party)

1.3% John Hagelin (Natural Law Party)

.4% Lyndon Larouche (Democrat)

6. If the elections were held today, and you were restricted to just these two candidates, which one would you vote for?

61% Bill Clinton

22% (No Preference)

18% Bob Dole

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