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Character Most Important in Politics

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When it comes to politics, it unfortunately seems as though voters care less about issues than they do about a candidate's character. The simple fact, long suspected by political junkies, has now been confirmed in a recent poll. 55% of the voters surveyed agreed that integrity and other similar character traits end up taking precedence when deciding on a candidate. Only one-third of voters first look to a candidate's stance on issues. Even fewer voters view qualities of leadership, experience, or intelligence as of primary importance.

Another study on politics discovered that it proves quite difficult to alter the perception of the voter. Unless there is a scandal of some sort, how a candidate is defined in the earliest days becomes relatively difficult to change.

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What is important in a political candidate? Why do you think so?
  2. Which is more important, a candidate's character, experience, or his/her intelligence?

Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.

  1. integrity
  2. precedence
  3. primary
  4. perception
  • main
  • honesty
  • viewpoint
  • first in a list

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Which quality do you think is the most important for a politician?
  2. Would you vote for an honest politician if he didn't have a lot of experience? Why/not?
  3. What kinds of politicians typically get elected in your country? Is this good or bad?

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