Sponge Bob Calls it for Kerry

From Holden:

Nicolodeon’s kids poll, which has correctly predicted the winner of the last four presidential elections, says John Kerry will be our next president.

The kids have spoken, and it’s Senator John Kerry with a convincing victory over U.S. President George W. Bush on November 2.

An unusual opinion poll that has correctly predicted the winner of the last four presidential elections has given Democratic challenger Kerry 57 percent against 43 percent for Bush, according to results released on Wednesday.

The Nickelodeon cable channel, better known for programmes “SpongeBob Squarepants” and “Jimmy Neutron”, conducted “Kids Vote”, an online survey of almost 400,000 children on Tuesday.

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Nickelodeon, a unit of Viacom, has organised its poll every election since 1988, and has a 100 percent record of picking the winner.

“The ‘Kids’ Vote’ seems to work as a good barometer of the actual presidential vote because, developmentally, kids between the ages of two and 11 share the same opinions and outlooks as their parents,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon Television.