Mini Poll: What Makes A Good Political Speech?

Do political speeches have the power to change your mind?

Yes:
 69%
No:
 31%

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

Wit:
 3%
Timing:
 3%
Accuracy:
 37%
Duration:
 1%
Passion:
 10%
Elegant turn of phrase:
 5%
Content:
 36%
Occasion:
 0%
Location:
 0%
Body language:
 3%

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":
 3%
Mary Fischer "A Whisper of AIDS":
 0%
Lyndon B. Johnson "We Shall Overcome":
 2%
Barbara Charline Jordan "1976 DNC Keynote Address":
 4%
John Fitzgerald Kennedy "Inaugural Address":
 24%
Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream":
 24%
John L. Lewis "The Rights of Labor":
 1%
Malcolm X "The Ballot or the Bullet":
 1%
Ronald Reagan "Shuttle 'Challenger' Disaster Address":
 26%
Franklin Delano Roosevelt "Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation":
 14%

How long should a great political speech be?

No more than 5 minutes:
 2%
No more than 10 minutes:
 17%
No more than 20 minutes:
 34%
No more than a half hour:
 36%
No more than an hour:
 9%
No more than 2 hours:
 2%

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

Barack Obama:
 59%
Mitt Romney:
 41%

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

Candidate:
 52%
President:
 8%
No difference:
 40%

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:
 1%
Peter Kinder:
 6%
Chris Koster:
 24%
Cole McNary:
 1%
Ed Martin:
 28%
Susan Montee:
 6%
Jay Nixon:
 25%
Shane Schoeller:
 1%
Dave Spence:
 5%
Clint Zweifel:
 4%

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:
 29%
Claire McCaskill:
 71%

Do you mind the teleprompter?

Yes, lose it:
 45%
No, keep it:
 55%

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