While they may not agree on much these days, Republicans and Democrats are at least united in their preference of dogs over cats, not only when it comes to their choice in pets, but also on which animal would make the better U.S. president.
According to a new survey of American voters by Public Policy Polling, 61 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independents prefer dogs to cats. Overall, voters favor dogs, 52-21 percent.
When it comes to which would make a better commander in chief, 46 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of independent voters would pick a pooch. Democrats are more divided, with 29 percent saying they would choose a canine president and 26 percent favoring a feline.
However, 45 percent of voters overall – perhaps sensibly – say they are not sure which animal would make the better president.
Voters differ on which animal is the scariest, with Democrats saying snakes are the most frightening, Republicans say alligators give them the creeps and independents find bears most terrifying.
Democrats and independents would most want a tiger as an exotic pet, while Republicans would prefer a giraffe.
And when it comes to the age-old question, Democrats and Republicans agree: a bear would beat a shark in a fight. However, independents would put their money on the shark. (To be fair, it seems that this contest would most likely come down to which creature has the “home field advantage.”)
The nationwide poll of 603 voters was conducted June 11-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.