Willie Nelson may have cautioned mothers about allowing their children to grow up to be cowboys, but Americans have made it clear in a new Gallup poll — by a two-to-one margin — they don't want their babies to grow up to be politicians.
Gallup has been asking about sons going into politics since 1944. (Questions about daughters were added much later.) Except for 1965 when 36% of Americans thought a political career was a good idea, fewer than one in three parents have ever favored their child running for office. This latest poll shows 64% say "no way." Just 31% say they'd like to see politics as their child's life's work.
Non-white parents are the strongest supporters of a child's political career, with more than 40% favoring a son or daughter's campaign. Gallup says this isn't a reaction to America's first black president; similar answers were found when both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were president.
Parental displeasure isn't on display in California's Congressional delegation: San Diego Republican Duncan Hunter is a second-generation Congressman and the Sanchez family has sent two daughters to Washington — Linda of Lakewood and older sister Loretta of Anaheim.