Romania is preparing for the Presidential elections and one of members of a party posted a photo with that of the party president holding a cat (original in Romanian, the following quote was written in English):

(..) "I’m a simple person, I see cat, I vote." (..)

Some argued that this is a childish gesture, but intuitively this should help since it seems to be effective in marketing and advertising campaigns.

I thought of trying to find how pets are used in other countries political spheres.

Many US Democratic candidates rely on four-leg companions and virtually all recent US presidents had a dog. Also Nixon seems to had a significant advantage due to his dog.

I am curious if there is any study related to pets usage in European politics, let's say in the last 30 years.

Question: Is there any European politics study related to the effectiveness of pets usage in political campaigning?

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    Apparently Putin also likes dogs, although for him probably doesn't matter in terms of elections. Apparently he did use one to stress out Merkel in a meeting though. Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 21:57
  • A lot of the Democrats running for President have gotten some media attention about their dogs/cats. Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 23:30


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