BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/05/12 -- In a further sign of how tight and unpredictable this presidential race is, a survey of 1,062 people by Cheapflights.com(1) finds that nearly equal numbers of people would choose Barack Obama to "fly their plane" as they would to "throw him off." From a list of 19 past and current candidates, he was selected most often as the choice to pilot the plane as well as to be jettisoned. Interestingly, he was also top choice for a seatmate on a long fight to boot.
How did this happen?
The just-for-fun survey shows that Obama clearly sparks strong opinions, both pro and con. It also found that the positive and negative feelings for the Republicans are much more widespread. Barack Obama received 20% of the vote for "which of these candidates you would most like to have fly your plane." Ronald Reagan swooped in to take the No. 2 spot at 12%, leaving Mitt Romney in third place with 10.9%. Bill Clinton grabbed the fourth spot with 10.3%, while George W. Bush took fifth with 9.9%.
When it came time to select which candidate respondents would "most like to toss off a plane," the Republicans did not split their vote, leading Obama to the top of the list with 22% of the votes. This time, the Democrats spread their passion around, with Mitt Romney at 16.6%, edging out Sarah Palin (15.7%) for second place in the line to be tossed. George W. Bush landed in the fourth spot with 9.6% of the votes.
In the likeability test of "which of these candidates would you most like to sit next to on a long flight?" Obama took top honors with 15.9%. Two icons for their parties grabbed the No. 2 and 3 spots when Bill Clinton scored 14.8% and Ronald Reagan claimed 12.4%. Steven Colbert was next on the list with 11.8%. Meanwhile Mitt Romney, who scored 5.6%, was bested by Sarah Palin (8.6%) and Hillary Clinton (7.9%).
Women v. men
Speaking of women, when you filter the results to just female respondents, a few key things change:
•Obama's lead in the pilot question jumps to 24.1% while Romney (10.1%) falls to fourth on that list, behind Clinton. •The gap also tightens to almost a dead heat between Obama (21.6%) and Romney (20.7%) for favorite choice to jettison. Sarah Palin stays in third place with 17.8% of the votes. •Furthering the trend, Obama also scored higher with the women as the choice for seatmate with 18.8%. The next closest, at 13.1% was Bill Clinton, followed closely by Hillary Clinton at 11.8%. Romney dropped down to 5.3%, which was eighth overall on the list.
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