Poll: People think a bear would beat a shark in a fight


Public Policy Polling is an organization respected for its ability to pose questions to the people and report on their responses. NPR has called PPP "one of the most prolific polling outfits in the country." The Wall Street Journal ranked PPP as one of the top swing state pollsters in the country during the most recent Presidential election.

Recently, PPP has conducted polls that demonstrate the budget opposition in North Carolina and the national concern over the lack of gun control legislation. But, in this dark time, we must also turn to such a trusted polling organization to ascertain who people think would win in a fight: a bear or a shark. Seriously, Public Polling Policy conducted an entire poll comprised of glorified Would You Rather questions about animals.

PPP’s latest poll on pets and animals find that six in ten voters (61%) say they own a pet. Almost half (46%) say they spend between 1-5 hours per week taking care of their pets, while 25% spend between 6-10 hours, 7% 11-20 hours, 6% more than 20 hours and 16% less than one hour. One in five say they prefer to spend time with their pets over most human beings.

Things you might like to know:

  • People think snakes are the scariest animal because, duh. Have you SEEN Snakes on a Plane? Anaconda?! No thanks.
  • There are more people who are afraid of cats than there are who are afraid of dogs.
  • More than one-third of the people polled think that a dog would make a better president than a cat.
  • Only 1/10 voters actually wants a hippopotamus for Christmas.
  • Bambi beat out Lassie, Garfield, Nemo, Free Willy and Jaws as everyone's "favorite movie animal."
  • Nearly half of all vegans and vegetarians voted that they'd most like to own a dinosaur as an exotic pet.

You can read the whole write-up over at Public Policy Polling and check out the poll results via their PDF document. [PPP]