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Junk Political Science: WaPo Says Hillary Look Alikes Well-Liked


According to a "study" of face "morphing"’ between "targets" stylized after Hillary and Sen. John McCain, an "unknown political candidate who bears a passing resemblence to HRC will be liked more than one who doesn’t–even when the candidate is a man."

This was the first online experiment conducted by the Washington Post in collaboration with Shanto Iyengar, director of political communicaiton at Stanford University. The experimenters created composite images "that blended facial characteristics of a national political figure with those of a largely unknown woman and an unfamiliar man."

Iyengar claims the more a candidate resembled McCain, the less pollers liked him. Iyengar said even when the the results were limted to Republicans the Hillary look alikes fared better, "suggesting there’s something special about Hillary Clinton."

But, Hill keep your pants on. Images were limited to facial photos and did not include any reproductions of the senator’s ankle/calf, otherwise affectionately called "cankles."