Anyone, we are taught in school, can grow up to be president. But at a time of extraordinary challenges facing the country, voters are looking for specific skill sets to deal with the agonizingly slow economic recovery, world tensions, and domestic social issues.
What skill set do voters value most in a presidential candidate? According to a new survey conducted by Millionaire Corner, a near majority (45 percent) said they most value a candidatre with experience as a corporate executive and financial skills. This skill set is prized most heavily by Millionaires, 50.5 percent of whom said they value these most in a candidate.
More than one-quarter (26.5 percent) said they value most political experience, followed closely by diplomatic experience (22 percent), a reflection of concerns over the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the violence in Syria, the Eurozone crisis, and other international tensions.
Only 7 percent said that military experience is a skill set they value in a presidential candidate.
There is a fascinating Mars/Venus divide in the skill sets most prized by men and women. Half of men we surveyed said they value corporate and executive experience as well as financial skills compared with 39 percent of women. Women put more stock than men in diplomatic experience (27 percent vs. 17 percent) But there is near common ground in the valuation of political experience as a presidential candidate’s skill set (27 percent of women compared to 26 percent of men).
The prolonged economic downturn is the national issue of greatest concern, according to first quarter net worth studies conducted by Millionaire Corner. Not surprisingly in an election year, the political environment—whether the President and Congress can work together on issues—ranks second, followed by the upcoming election.
The economy, too, is by the far the most significant issue that voters will consider when casting their ballot, according to a June survey of investors. The national debt ranked second, respondents said.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.