Mini Poll: What Makes A Good Political Speech?

Do political speeches have the power to change your mind?


Which of the following is the most important characteristic of a great political speech?

Elegant turn of phrase:
Body language:

Which of the following speeches of the 20th Century is the best US political speech of the bunch?

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton "Women's Rights are Human Rights":
Mary Fischer "A Whisper of AIDS":
Lyndon B. Johnson "We Shall Overcome":
Barbara Charline Jordan "1976 DNC Keynote Address":
John Fitzgerald Kennedy "Inaugural Address":
Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream":
John L. Lewis "The Rights of Labor":
Malcolm X "The Ballot or the Bullet":
Ronald Reagan "Shuttle 'Challenger' Disaster Address":
Franklin Delano Roosevelt "Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation":

How long should a great political speech be?

No more than 5 minutes:
No more than 10 minutes:
No more than 20 minutes:
No more than a half hour:
No more than an hour:
No more than 2 hours:

Which major party’s 2012 presidential candidate is the better political speech giver?

Barack Obama:
Mitt Romney:

Which is the better speaker, Candidate Obama 2008 or President Obama 2012?

No difference:

Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, which of the following 2012 statewide candidates in Missouri is the best political speaker?

Jason Kander:
Peter Kinder:
Chris Koster:
Cole McNary:
Ed Martin:
Susan Montee:
Jay Nixon:
Shane Schoeller:
Dave Spence:
Clint Zweifel:

We often hold US Senators to a higher standard of speaking than other candidates. Which of the two major candidates for the US Senate from Missouri is the better political speaker?

Todd Akin:
Claire McCaskill:

Do you mind the teleprompter?

Yes, lose it:
No, keep it:

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.