Every 4 years when the presidential elections rolls around, analysts look at polls, platforms, and marketing techniques to predict which candidate will eventually win. Perhaps, to save a bit of time, they should just take a quick look at the candidates’ height! Statistics show that since 1900, the taller candidate has won the election 75% of the time.
Some political and cultural experts say that this is because the public unconsciously favors taller people. In a 2003 essay by New York Times writer Virginia Postrel about artificially increasing the height of growth-stunted children, she says; “Still, being short on average, does hurt a person’s prospects...The tall guy gets the girl. The taller presidential candidate almost always wins.”
When all presidential elections in US history are taken into account, taller candidates only won 53% of the time, shorter candidates won 39% of the time, and both candidates were of the same height 8% of the time.
However, prior to the 1900’s, the candidates’ heights weren’t very apparent because photography and motion picture were not as developed yet. Barack Obama is 6ft 1in, and his 2008 rival John McCain who is 5ft 9 in. However, Obama’s current opponent, Mitt Romney, is 6ft 2 in!