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February 10, 2014

Rasmussen poll: Voters don't care about celebrities

In a new Rasmussen Report survey most voters say a candidate's celebrity status wouldn’t make a difference to them.

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.

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