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Pew: Politics is a white man's world

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Only 2 percent of the country has ever run for public office, and a wide majority are white men who’ve been to college, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

The analysis revealed a glaring imbalance between those who run for office and the general population, and could feed the public’s view that politicians are out of touch with America.

Pew said that there are 90,107 elective positions in the country, starting at president and going all the way to independent school district members. In their survey, Pew found that only 2 percent had ever run.

The imbalances:

-- Whites make up 66 percent of the population, but 82 percent of those who have run for office.

-- Blacks make up 12 percent of the adult population, but just 5 percent have run.

-- Hispanics are 15 percent of the country, but just 6 percent have sought office.

-- Men are 49 percent of the nation, but made up 75 percent of those who have campaigned for office.

-- Women are 51 percent, but just 25 percent have run for office.

-- 10 percent of the nation has a postgraduate degree, but 16 percent of those who have run have one.

-- 15 percent of those polled said they have made a political contribution, compared to 35 percent of those who have run for office.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.