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Experience not required for White House, voters say

For those potential presidential candidates thinking of talking up all of their experience in Washington to sway voters’ minds, they may want to reconsider such a strategy.

A new study from Pew Research shows that 30 percent of voters said they’d be less likely to support a candidate with “many years” of Washington experience, while 48 percent said it wouldn’t matter either way.

This is a considerable shift from 2008, when voters were nearly twice as likely to support a presidential candidate who had cut their teeth in Washington.

Also, only 44 percent say Congress provides preparation for the White House — compared to 66 percent in 1987.

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