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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 17 -- Political Campaign Soundbites.

Shorter Soundbites: Style Over Substance?

The average soundbite of President Bush and Senator Kerry in the 2004 presidential election: 7.8 seconds, the same as in 2000, down from 9.8 seconds (the "ten second soundbite") in 1988.

A look at the downward trend over the years:

averagesoundbite.gif


Sources:

1. Center for Media and Public Affairs (.pdf).

2. Page 130 of Larry Sabato's Overtime! The Election 2000 Thriller.


Previous trivia tidbits:

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9; Part 10; Part 11; Part 12; Part 13; Part 14; Part 15; Part 16.


Stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more daily trivia tidbits.

Posted by Will Franklin · 15 April 2005 04:10 PM

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When Kerry and Edwards spoke... It felt like an eternity!... Is it just me or do you think Edwards had just a little too much admiration for Kerry?
I just don't trust those guys!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 15, 2005 08:07 PM

What I find disturbing is that the trend looks like it's decelerating and won't be going to zero anytime soon - I was really hoping to see that by the next election....

Posted by: Ironman at April 16, 2005 07:55 AM

Good thinking, Ironman!... I am with you. I say ZERO...Soon, especially if Kerry and Edwards plan to come back on the campaign trail!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 16, 2005 11:03 AM