Here’s probably more reasons for Al Gore not to throw his hat in the ring.
A new poll commissioned by cable channel IFC shows that more voters believe winning the Nobel Peace Prize is more meaningful than winning the presidency. Some 52% said that the Nobel was “the most meaningful award” to them, compared to 42% who said it was winning the presidency.
What’s more, the survey shows that 56% of voters believe that were he to decide to run, he would not be a stronger candidate than in 2000.
The results come from a survey commissioned by the cable channel and conducted by the Ipsos Internet panel using a sample of 1,073 likely voters. I didn’t know this — but IFC has a news division, and the poll is the latest in their expansion plans.
Gore should be encouraged by another finding: 68% strongly or somewhat agree with Gore’s position on the environment, even if 79% said that they have not read or watched “An Inconvenient Truth.” Some 59% say that the environment will play a strong or moderate role in their decision of who to vote for.
Gore still drew significant support: 25% said they would vote for him, but 30% said they would go for another Democratic candidate. Some 45% said they would vote for a Republican.
“Our analysis shows that Al Gore’s cultural legacy is enormously enhanced by the Nobel Prize,” IFC’s general manager Evan Shapiro said in a statement. “The Nobel was seen as more significant that Mr. Gore’s other recent honors, and more meaningful than the one honor that eluded him, the presidency.”
What may be a little disconcerting is that 5% of voters chose the Oscar and 1% chose the Emmy as most meaningful, over the presidency and the Nobel. Were there some actors in the sampling?