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What are some interesting statistics about political elections?

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Some interesting statistics regarding elections in the United States are the high level of election rate for Congressional incumbents despite high public disapproval of Congress, the likelihood of winning by the candidate spending the most money and the shirking amount of time given to presidential candidates in news sound bites. The higher likelihood of the taller candidate winning the U.S. presidential election since the beginning of the 20th century is another fascinating stat.

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Incumbent members of Congress win their elections over 90 percent of the time despite public approval of Congress being below 20 percent in some election years.

In 2012, the candidate that spent the most money in their Congressional race won 91 percent of the time. Candidates that won their election outspent their opponents at an average ratio of 20 to one.

The amount of time a presidential candidate is shown in a sound bite on the news has shrunk tremendously since the 1960s. In 1968, the average sound bit for a presidential candidate was 42.3 seconds. The average sound bite had dropped to 9.8 seconds just 20 years later, and less than 1 percent of sound bites lasted more than 40 seconds.

Since 1900, the taller presidential candidate has won the election roughly three-quarters of the time. It is believed the public unconsciously favors the taller candidate, and the disparity in presidential elections has become more noticeable since the creation of moving pictures.

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