So sexy it hurts
So now there's a pretty thin study out there that some have seized on to suggest that Alaska's wacky, wolf and whale-hating governor was rejected by voters because she was too sexy. This summarizes the report, which is behind a pay wall:
They took a group of 133 undergraduates and assigned them to write a few lines about one of two celebrities: Palin or actress Angelina Jolie. Half of the participants in each category were asked to write “your thoughts and feelings about this person,” while the other half were asked to write “your thoughts and feelings about this person’s appearance.”
The participants were then asked to rate their subject (Palin or Jolie) in terms of various attributes, including competence. Finally, they were asked who they intended to vote for in the upcoming election.
Those who wrote about Palin’s appearance were more positive in their assessments than those who assessed her qualities as a person, but they rated her far lower in terms of competence, intelligence and capability, and were far less likely to indicate they planned to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.
“It wasn’t her appearance per se” that soured people on Palin, Heflick said in an interview. “It was the effect her appearance had on their perception of her competence and humanity.
But, as Gateway Pundit notes,
First of all, 133 individuals is not much of a sampling base.
And, considering at least 66% of undergrads voted for Obama, this poll was going to be distorted from the start. That means maybe 40 of the kids were McCain supporters from the get-go.
That said, there's no question that Palin suffered from sexist coverage, but not nearly as much as did Hillary Clinton. But anybody out there thinks that Palin lost votes because she was too good-looking ought to get their hearing checked.