Voters Prefer Boxer's Hair: Poll

Yes, an actual polling firm actually asked

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2010 8:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Incumbent Barbara Boxer is leading former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the Senate polls—but infinitely more importantly, so is Boxer’s hair. Public Policy Polling included a question about the rivals’ hairstyles, following Fiorina’s remark that Boxer’s hair is “so yesterday,” and found that 19% of registered voters actually like Boxer’s hair better. Only 14% prefer Fiorina’s, and 67% “were ‘not sure,’ which just goes to show you how politically illiterate people are,” writes Max Read on Gawker.

Proving Fiorina’s catty remark even less accurate, 26% of young people preferred Boxer’s hair, while 3% liked Fiorina’s better. The question is “not something we would normally ask, but Carly Fiorina made Barbara Boxer's hair into a bit of an issue,” the PPP communications director tells Talking Points Memo. “I think the whole story was silly, so we asked a silly question.” Click here to hear from one writer who doesn't think it's so silly.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.) campaigns at SolarCity headquarters in Foster City, Calif., Monday, July 19, 2010.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.) campaigns at SolarCity headquarters in Foster City, Calif., Monday, July 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina campaigns at a roundtable of business women at a cafe in Los Altos, Calif., Tuesday, July 20, 2010.
California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina campaigns at a roundtable of business women at a cafe in Los Altos, Calif., Tuesday, July 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer are shown in a combination photo.
Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer are shown in a combination photo.   (Associated Press)
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