New Opinion Poll on Character of Next President

Mar 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from VIA Institute on Character

    CINCINNATI, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The VIA Institute on
 Character today announced a national opinion poll on the public perception
 of presidential character. The 10-question poll, at VIACaucus.org, matches
 the three candidate's presidential character traits with those of an ideal
 candidate.
 
 
 
     This is the only poll to survey how Americans view the character
 strengths of the three top contenders. A highly flexible survey, it will
 answer the questions: how does the public perceive the strengths of Hillary
 Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama? What are the top qualities of the
 ideal candidate? Which candidate rates the strongest on integrity? Which
 candidate rates the strongest on perspective?
 
 
 
     A recent opinion poll (Associated Press-Ipsos) indicated 55% of
 Americans look to character first when choosing a president and only 33%
 examine issues first. "Presidential character is critically important
 because final decisions emerge from the depths of the leader's character."
 said Neal H. Mayerson, Ph.D., Chairman, VIA Institute on Character.
 "Character is a set of traits of positive behavior and not simply fodder
 for personal attacks sparked by indiscretions, sexual or otherwise."
 
 
 
     The VIA Institute on Character recently gathered a team of 55 noted
 social scientists, led by the father of positive psychology, former
 American Psychological Association President, Martin E. Seligman, and one
 of the most cited psychologists of our time, Christopher Peterson. They
 surveyed world religions and philosophies and developed a 24 point
 nomenclature for positive character traits. The VIA Classification was
 tested by nearly 1 million people, worldwide, and found to be valid.
 
 
 
     Key findings from research:
 
 
 
     -- Everyone has character strengths, but the configuration is unique to
 individuals.
 
 
 
     -- Character is not all or nothing.
 
 
 
     -- Components of character are not fixed. They can and do (somewhat)
 change over time.
 
 
 
     -- A single misstep does not undo a lifetime of good character
 
 
 
     Voters can weigh in on the character of the candidates at
 VIACaucus.org. The VIACaucus is non-partisan and non-profit.
 
 
 
     VIA Institute on Character (VIACharacter.org)
 
 
 
     VIA Institute on Character, a non-profit initiative of the Manuel D.
 and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, is the world's leading knowledge center on
 the science of character strengths research and dissemination into
 practice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE VIA Institute on Character
    CINCINNATI, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The VIA Institute on
 Character today announced a national opinion poll on the public perception
 of presidential character. The 10-question poll, at VIACaucus.org, matches
 the three candidate's presidential character traits with those of an ideal
 candidate.
 
 
 
     This is the only poll to survey how Americans view the character
 strengths of the three top contenders. A highly flexible survey, it will
 answer the questions: how does the public perceive the strengths of Hillary
 Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama? What are the top qualities of the
 ideal candidate? Which candidate rates the strongest on integrity? Which
 candidate rates the strongest on perspective?
 
 
 
     A recent opinion poll (Associated Press-Ipsos) indicated 55% of
 Americans look to character first when choosing a president and only 33%
 examine issues first. "Presidential character is critically important
 because final decisions emerge from the depths of the leader's character."
 said Neal H. Mayerson, Ph.D., Chairman, VIA Institute on Character.
 "Character is a set of traits of positive behavior and not simply fodder
 for personal attacks sparked by indiscretions, sexual or otherwise."
 
 
 
     The VIA Institute on Character recently gathered a team of 55 noted
 social scientists, led by the father of positive psychology, former
 American Psychological Association President, Martin E. Seligman, and one
 of the most cited psychologists of our time, Christopher Peterson. They
 surveyed world religions and philosophies and developed a 24 point
 nomenclature for positive character traits. The VIA Classification was
 tested by nearly 1 million people, worldwide, and found to be valid.
 
 
 
     Key findings from research:
 
 
 
     -- Everyone has character strengths, but the configuration is unique to
 individuals.
 
 
 
     -- Character is not all or nothing.
 
 
 
     -- Components of character are not fixed. They can and do (somewhat)
 change over time.
 
 
 
     -- A single misstep does not undo a lifetime of good character
 
 
 
     Voters can weigh in on the character of the candidates at
 VIACaucus.org. The VIACaucus is non-partisan and non-profit.
 
 
 
     VIA Institute on Character (VIACharacter.org)
 
 
 
     VIA Institute on Character, a non-profit initiative of the Manuel D.
 and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, is the world's leading knowledge center on
 the science of character strengths research and dissemination into
 practice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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