Singer Clay Aiken’s entry into the race for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers drew an instant nationwide buzz, which turned into a fast online money-raising bonanza (he was closing in on his goal of $65,000 by the end of Monday).
But celebrity only goes so far.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll finds only 4 percent of likely U.S. voters say they would be more likely to vote for a prominent entertainer running for office. Forty-two percent say they would be less likely, and 52 percent say it wouldn’t make any difference.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Thursday and Friday, and has a margin of error of 3 percent.