There is a great deal of talk about political scandals at the moment. Most of it is beltway and of no consequence, with the scandal largely manufactured by an opposition out of real ideas.
The polls should give them a clue as to what the public believes.
THere is some evidence though, actually quite a lot of evidence, to suggest what it is precisely that finally bites when a scandal runs.
Your allies may be quick to abandon you during a scandal if youâre expendable (think John Edwards), but if youâre, say, the president,Â they may be more likely to rally to your side. Scandals may also beÂ more damaging for black candidatesÂ (PDF)Â than for white ones. Additionally, scandals may be more likely to emergeÂ when the opposition party has a lower opinion of the incumbent and when itâs a slow news weekÂ (PDF).Â VotersÂ think worse of scandals involving financial problemsÂ than they do of sex scandals, especially when abuse of power is involved. They are alsoÂ quicker to forgive (or forget) sex scandals than financial onesÂ (PDF). Read more »