Pew Research released a new poll Monday breaking down Americans' preferences for certain candidate attributes, like age, religion, and work experience. The results show what America is looking for in its next president: a straight, drug-free, faithfully monogamous, ex-military, evangelical Christian governor who is younger than 70 years old.
A majority of respondents went with "wouldn't matter" for most of Pew's selected attributes (experience in D.C and government, plus religiosity being the exceptions), so 2016 is still anybody's race. But there are qualities that saw a sizable difference between favorability and unfavorability, where respondents (to whom the attributes mattered) had a clear preference. It's these categories that should draw the attention of any potential candidates for 2016.
The headline for Pew's latest poll is that Americans no longer see extensive experience in Washington favorably – 30 percent said "many years" in D.C. would make them less likely to vote for a candidate in 2016, while 19 percent said it'd make them "more likely." That's a flip from six years ago, when 35 percent viewed Washington experience as a favorable attribute.