President, vice president, lawmaker? Forget about it. By a 2-to-1 margin, 64 percent to 31 percent, Americans would not like their child to go into politics as a career,reports Gallup poll analyst Jeffrey Jones.
It was ever thus, perhaps. These numbers have been consistent since 1944, when the pollster first posed this question to the public.
“Most Americans would not prefer their son or daughter to go into politics as a career, and this preference has not changed appreciably over time even as Americans’ frustration with the government has grown,” Mr. Jones says.
“Compared with other possible careers, politics ranks fairly low in Americans’ pecking order. Another historical Gallup question has consistently found Americans mentioning a career in medicine or technology as the one they would advise a young man or woman to pursue,” Mr. Jones continues.
“A career in politics or government has historically ranked well behind those professions as well as law, business, teaching, and engineering,” he says.
The high point in favoring a political career - at least for a son - was 36 percent in 1965, “at a time when Americans were still rallying around President Johnson after he took office following the death of John F. Kennedy,” Mr. Jones adds.
“In fact, 1965 was the only time when more than 30 percent of Americans said they wanted their son to go into politics, taking into account the order affects in recent updates by only using the format when son was asked first. That includes 21 percent in a poll conducted in late 1944 into early 1945, as the U.S. was fighting in World War II.”
See the complete findings here.