In what some consider a good barometer for the election, Nickelodeon held their usual Kid's Pick the President poll for 2008. The result? Obama won 51% to 49% for McCain. According to Linda Ellerbee, the Emmy Award-winning host of Nick News said that, "It's important to take note of who won the 'Kids' Vote,' simply because so many kids vote the way their parents will. But what really counts is this: they participated in democracy. They voted. How can this be anything but good?" In 2004, Nickelodeon's kids vote was considered the same way, with Cyma Zarghami, the President of Viacom, saying "The 'kids' vote' seems to work as a good barometer of the actual presidential vote because, developmentally, kids between the ages of two and 11 share the same opinions and outlooks as their parents." How did they vote in this important gauge in how their parents would vote? 57% of those kids supported John Kerry. The fact that this one is even closer than the poll in 2004 is telling. 2004 was the first time kids didn't pick the winner. Let's see if 2008 keeps up this new trend.