Kids vote for Obama as Prez

Kids vote for Obama as Prez

As the US braces for crucial November 6 presidential elections, an online poll has found more than half a million American children choosing incumbent Barack Obama over his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

US President Barack Obama shows a copy of his jobs plan as he speaks during a campaign rally in Florida. AFP

The kids participating in the 'Nickelodeon: Kids Pick the President' elected Obama as their next president with 65 per cent votes, while Romney received rest of the 35 per cent.

Interestingly, ever since this voting trend began in 1988, the results of kids' polls have turned out to be the same in five out of the six occasions.

Only in 2004, the kids had elected Democrat John Kerry but he later lost the polls.

"Rest of the country does not get to vote for the president till Nov 6," said a kid appearing on the Nickelodeon website, which organised the voting.

"And the winner of Kids Pick the President is Barack Obama," said another child, announcing the results.

In the 2008 elections, Obama had got 51 per cent of the votes, while his Republican challenger John McCain had received 49 per cent in a survey in which some 2.2 million votes were cast.

This year the total number of polls were down because Nickelodeon limited one vote per electronic device, in order to more “closely replicate” the actual election, and to ensure the results were more "authentic".

The voting took place from October 15 to 22.

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