Nickelodeon's 'Kids Pick the President' - Once Again Kids Correctly Project Winner of 2012 Presidential Election

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November 7th, 2012

via press release:





The kids were right…again.  On Oct. 22, Nickelodeon announced that kids had elected President Barack Obama as the winner of the network’s 2012 Kids Pick the President “Kids’ Vote.” Since it began in 1988, kids have now correctly picked the winner (in advance of the national election) six out of the last seven times.  More than half a million votes were cast in the network’s online poll as part of Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President initiative to build young citizens’ awareness of, and involvement in, the election process.  In the “Kids’ Vote,” President Obama received 65% of the vote and former Governor Mitt Romney received 35%.   The voting was limited to one vote per electronic device and kids were able to cast their votes online from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22.


Leading up to the Kids Pick the President online vote, Nickelodeon aired two election-themed Nick News with Linda Ellerbee specials this year, which ranked as the series’ highest-rated episodes for 2012 to date.  In “Kids Pick the President: The Issues” (Sept. 17), kids nationwide ranked the campaign issues most important to them.  “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates” (Oct. 15) provided an opportunity for the two major party U.S. presidential candidates to answer kids’ questions.  This year’s candidate special featured President Obama sitting down with Nick News at the White House to answer kids’ questions and previously taped video clips of Romney addressing issues raised by kids.  Romney did not participate in the special.

"I'm thrilled so many kids voted," said Ellerbee.  "Not only have the kids correctly picked the president before the adults in six out of seven elections in the last 24 years, but the only two candidates who've refused to answer kids' questions have been John Kerry and Mitt Romney.  Does that mean anything?  You tell me. Better yet, tell the kids." served as the official home base of the Kids Pick the President campaign, attracting almost a million visitors and generating more than 2.9 million page views since launch on Aug. 7.  Kids have flocked to the site to discuss the general election on its message board and ranked as the most popular page on the site in October (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, 8/7/2012-10/21/2012).  Kids can visit to play games, take quizzes about the government, and learn more about the election.




  • Jan

    These kids are the future. Face it Republicans, your party has to change its outdated policies or you will never win another election again.

  • Suck it republicans

    Just to point out, John Kerry still won the kids vote despite the fact that he refused to appear on the program to answer questions. So Mitt Romney didn’t lose because he didn’t appear on the program, he lost because kids know the difference between good and evil.

  • Jon23812

    @Suck it republicans, Kids voted for George W. Bush in 2004. They voted for Al Gore in 2000.

  • Bretta

    The youth today are so smart.. They came out swinging for Obama.. Obama got near 69% of the 18-39 vote.. Fox News big ratings mean nothing.. It did nothing for Romney.. People can sense a wolf… a snake.. Kids see it as well. Well done America.. Obama no one term President.. The republican plan to sabotage obama FAILED… 4 MORE YEARS.

  • Jordan

    Sad to say that that is our future :'(

  • TV Gord

    …and the kids were probably a lot less childish than the adults discussing the election on message boards…on BOTH sides of the political spectrum. It’s been embarrassing to see the level of discussion.

  • Suck it republicans

    Jon23812, not according to Nickelodeon’s own website:


    “The only year the results didn’t match was 2004. That year, the majority of the kids who voted picked Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Kerry later lost to President George W. Bush in the November election”

  • freak

    Yay, the kids!

  • Awesome

    It’s nice to see the people like Jordan are out in full swing, whining already. I didn’t know they still kept doing these, but it would be cool to see how the kids and the adults match up, even on the maturity front.

  • TVGuy

    These kids have no idea how much damage Obama has done to this country. Unless they expect him to do the opposite of what he’s been doing, America won’t get better.

  • Jon23812

    @TVGuy, you have no idea how Obama fixed the country. The U.S. has gotten better since Bush left office.

  • Mike, DDS

    Not surprising that a bunch of freeloaders dependent upon others for free handouts would pick Obama.

    OK, I don’t really believe that, but I figured I would make that point before somebody else does.

  • RJ

    It’s because kids are fooled by their unionized teachers.

  • TG

    @Mike, DDS You are not helping your party with those ridiculous comments. You are helping the democrates.

  • Mike, DDS

    I find it hard to believe anything I say or do at does anything to help or hurt any political party. Plus, I was joking.

  • Jon23812

    @RJ, Just because your favorite candidate lost the real election, doesn’t mean you can call children dumb. Get over it.

  • Boji

    I checked the results to show my son. What a bunch of trolling sore losers. Record wins for women despite the voter suppression and gerrymandering and the multi-billionaires burning their money.. The repug party will either bend or break. What a bunch of tearie eyed wing nut losers posting here.

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