Reporting onÂ our beauty study today, an article inÂ The AustralianÂ contained the following paragraph:
But despite the study’s finding that good looks can swing elections in marginal seats, politicians – including Mr Howard, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock and Labor leader Kevin Rudd – rated the ugliest by participants are also the most successful.
For the record, Mr Ruddock’s spokesman said last night that photographs of him as a youngster demonstrated the frontbencher to be quite “dashing”.
At the outset, Amy and I weren’t quite sure how best to conduct the project, so we started asking everyone possible for how-to-vote cards. One of those who helped out was Malcolm Mackerras, who mailed me his entire collection to scan in. Among them was a mid-1970s how-to-vote card for Philip Ruddock. My wife rated the 1970s Philip Ruddock as 8/10, and the 2004 Philip Ruddock as 2/10.
An aside: Andrew Norton has looked the Australian Election Study, and reckons our results are all driven by bimbos voting for himbos.