Are the #jon2012girls effective in promoting their father for the 2012 GOP nomination? The girls are on Twitter, tweeting about debates and issues related to their father's campaign. They are making videos and spoofing other candidates ads. Are their attempts helping their father, or are they hurting his chances?
A recent Twitter post:
Jon2012girls Huntsman Daughters:
Pizza Special with breadsticks $9.99 at your local Godfathers. #possibleHermanCainannouncements
Here they are making fun of candidate Herman Cain for his announcement that he will be making an announcement. Is this appropriate in the realm of political campaigns?
My original thought was that the "typical" Republican candidate was not likely to be on Twitter to look for information about candidates. A study by Professor Heather LaMarre shows that there are twice as many individuals who consider themselves republicans on Twitter looking for information about candidates as there are individuals who consider themselves to be democrats.
So the question then becomes; do republicans find the "Jon 2012 Girls" amusing and create a higher approval rating of the candidate?
In a class discussion, we talked about how the girls are getting views, Jon Huntsman's ratings are not moving up in the polls.
Although entertaining, the girls' attempts for their father do not seem to be boosting his results in polls, but there are definitely gaining awareness. This may be a situation of "any publicity is good publicity." Huntsman's personal campaign efforts may not be getting in the news, but his daughter's definitely are. I will admit (even though it is embarrassing) that until a discussion came up about the Huntsman daughters, I did not know anything about Jon Hunstman beyond the fact that he was running for the 2012 GOP nomination.
What do you think about the Jon 2012 Girls? Are they hurting or helping Jon Hunstman's campaign?