Survey has picked winner in last 3 presidential races

NEW YORK — If kids could vote for president next month, George W. Bush would beat Al Gore by a substantial margin of 55% to 45%.

At least that’s true for kids who watch Nickelodeon and who participated in Nick’s “Kids Vote” national poll, which delivered the good news to Gov. Bush in a special edition of “Nick News” at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Nickelodeon’s survey of kids is batting 1.000: It has predicted the winner in each of the past three presidential campaigns. The network said 330,778 kids (almost all between ages 6-11) participated this year by calling a heavily promoted 800 number between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday. In addition, kids could log on to Nick.com and cast their votes online at any time during the week of Oct. 16.

The kids’ voting is part of a yearlong “Kids Pick the President” campaign that Nickelodeon has conjured up every four years since 1988 to “educate and empower” the Nick audience.

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