Sociologist Ulrich Rosar and his colleagues in Düsseldorf stated that the connection between a politician's appearance and the number of his or her supporters is "very substantial," TheLocal.de reported.
In the framework of their research, the scientists analyzed 1,786 politicians — whose looks were judged by groups of men and women, with the attractiveness grades ranging from zero to six (unattractive to very attractive).
The findings showed that good looks were the second most important factor behind voters' support for a candidate, with the politician's familiarity being the top criterion.
After having examined the German political scene, the experts compiled a list of prominent political figures in accordance with their attractiveness.
Christian Lindner, the head of the FDP faction in the Bundestag, ranked first in the men's category with 3.43 points. In her turn, Sahra Wagenknecht, leader of the Left Party, came out in the lead in the women's group with 4.08 points.