How Do Presidential Nominees Use Their Power?

From presidents to parents, politicians to protesters, power rests in the hands of everyone, everywhere. Which leaders are prepared for the responsibility? Over one hundred years ago, Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Research into the psychology of power proves Lord Acton right. The experience of high status and power alters our behavior, identity, and perception in ways we don’t even see. Yet not everyone succumbs to corruption. While some people misuse power, others are able to use it in beneficial and effective ways. What does it take to use power well? And what is a good use of power?

This poll attempts to define the behaviors that comprise good use of power. The Presidency is the seat of power in this country. When it comes to using that power well, who fills that role best?

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