Harvard Study: Romney a Hottie, Ryan Is ... Meh

Undergrads rate ex-gov in the 99th percentile
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 3, 2012 8:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Forget everything you've heard about Paul Ryan's good looks: He is officially not that handsome, according to a Harvard study. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is quite the looker, the National Journal reports. In the study, undergraduates were flashed images of politicians for a single second each. Romney ended up in the 99th percentile, Washington Monthly reports—and the students made their judgment in 2007, when Romney wasn't so well-known, thus removing political bias, the researchers say.

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The study rated just how hot the 728 candidates running for Senate or governor between 1994 and 2006 were, which means stats are available on a few other big names: Romney's score bests that of Sarah Palin, who scored in the also-very-high 95th percentile. Biden trailed well behind, in the 62nd percentile. (Obama was considered too big a name in 2007, so he wasn't included.) And while the study used a different scale for the House, Paul Ryan was ranked: He scored in the 67th percentile among 2004 House candidates. The best-looking politician? Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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