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The Word on McCain


SOURCE: Washington Post poll conducted by telephone Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, among a random national sample of 1,007 adults.

The jumble of words pictured above is called a tag cloud. We've created one for each of the front-runners profiled in the Post this week. The words are the ones respondents to a national survey most frequently used to describe the candidates.

This cloud features respondents' associations with Arizona Sen. John McCain. It includes the top forty-six words mentioned, each of which was cited by 7 or more people. The size of each word represents the number of people who said it. So in this instance, the biggest word, "old," represents 67 people, the next largest, "veteran," represents 62, etc. More than 560 words were mentioned for McCain by 58 percent of adults (32 percent expressed no opinion, 9 percent had never heard of him and 1 percent refused).

See candidate tag clouds for John Edwards and Fred Thompson.

--Jennifer Agiesta

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 13, 2007; 8:01 AM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , John McCain  
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