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article imagePoll: Voters not swayed by celebrity endorsements

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 3, 2012 in Politics
Lining up in the Obama supporters camp are luminaries such as George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Beyonce, facing off against celebrity luvies Clint Eastwood and Donny Osmond, supporting their man Mitt.
Celebrities may shine and glitter in the respective candidates camps for the November presidential elections, but according to Naharnet a new poll shows celebrity endorsements carry no sway with voters.
The poll, conducted for 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair revealed that nine out of ten Americans say celebrity endorsements do not influence who they vote for.
Some of Mitt's celebrity followers appear to have been plucked from popular television show "Celebrity Apprentice," suggesting the Donald may have used his own political clout to influence a few of his former apprentices.
According to CNN Trace Adkins and Gene Simmons, who both competed for the title of "Celebrity Apprentice", are firmly in the Romney camp, as BI reported the Trump family has donated to millions to SuperPACs supporting Romney's campaign. Former Apprentice star Aretha Franklin seems to have slipped free from Trump influence though, appearing on Obama's list of supporters.
Not all of the one out of ten Americans that aren't influenced by celebrity endorsements are necessarily about to vote as their favourite stars do either. The poll revealed a higher percentage are likely to be put off from voting for a candidate due to a celebrity endorsement than they are to be a little or a lot more likely to vote for them.
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