With Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton both running for president recently, it may seem that there are plenty of women candidates around, but actually there are relatively few.

Several factors contribute to this gender gap. For one thing, women are substantially more likely than men to see the electoral environment as highly competitive and biased against female candidates (so they don’t jump into the fray). Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin’s candidacies may have actually made this perception worse.
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Some politicians have a hard time talking, while others just LOOK terrible, but we may not notice them because they don’t get much TV coverage. Israelis are watching the upcoming US elections carefully, because a Middle East peace treaty may depend on who wins.

Researchers at the University of Haifa have found a link between the good looks of US politicians and the amount of TV coverage they receive. The possible reason: TV producers think their viewers want to see good-looking people.
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