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'Ejection' Latest: US Public Names White House Candidates They Most Want to 'Pilot,' 'Sit Next to' on, and 'Eject' From, Their Plane
Cheapflights Poll Names Obama Top 'Pilot,' 'Seatmate' and 'Ejection' Choices; Republican Favourite Reagan Beats Romney in 'Pilot' Poll -- Quayle Last; Bill Clinton Named Second Favourite 'Seatmate,' Reagan Third -- Quayle Last; Ford, Nader, Colbert, Reaga
By: Marketwire .
Nov. 5, 2012 06:13 AM
LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 11/05/12 -- With the Presidential Election just days away, US voters remain sharply divided in their view of President Obama, with almost equal numbers naming him as the candidate of modern times they would most like both to fly their plane -- and eject from their plane (with a parachute, of course)(1).
In the recent poll of 1,062 US adults by online travel search and inspiration site, Cheapflights, the President was both the most popular choice as pilot of their plane (20.4%) -- and the leading candidate to be ejected (22.3%). There was some solace for the President, with the US public naming him as the candidate they would most like to sit next to -- with a 15.9% share of the vote.
Governor Romney, meanwhile, only polled third place as 'pilot,' behind former Republican favourite, Ronald Reagan -- and was a distant seventh in the 'seatmate' poll, with just 5.6% of the vote. Romney ran closer to Obama in the poll that no-one wanted to win: 'the candidate people would most like to eject from their plane,' winning 16.6% of the vote, behind President Obama with 22.3%.
The 'just for fun' survey underlines the ambivalence of the US public towards presidential and vice presidential candidates, particularly in this election -- but also in modern political history.
Former President Bill Clinton was a popular choice as pilot on 10.3% of the vote, ahead of George W. Bush (9.9%), Stephen Colbert (5.8%) and Hillary Clinton with 5.7%. Dan Quayle was the candidate who the public trusted least at the controls -- polling a mere 0.2%.
Other popular choices were: Stephen Colbert, who polled fourth on 11.8%, Sarah Palin (8.6%) and Hilary Clinton with 7.9%. That left current presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, a distant seventh with 5.6% -- but still ahead of Dan Quayle, the man who no-one wanted to get to know; scoring no votes.
Just get them out: 'ejection results'
Gerald Ford was the candidate most likely to avoid getting the push -- with just 0.1% of the poll voting to throw him from the plane. Other candidates who can be considered 'safe' when it comes to being ejected were: Ralph Nader (0.8%), Ronald Reagan (0.9%), Stephen Colbert (0.9%) Dan Quayle (1.0%) and Ross Perot (1.1%)
On the political fringe: other answers
Cheapflights spokesman Ben Rosier said: "This was meant as a fun poll, but it clearly also highlights the US public's love/ hate relationship with all politicians -- and their jaded view of the current campaign. We were genuinely surprised at the number of people who suggested taking the parachute from their choice of candidate for ejection."
He added: "It's been a long campaign, but with the end of the election now in sight, maybe it's time people consider taking a holiday from politics and getting away from it all? But remember to choose your airline and destination with care -- with the losing candidate not having access to Air Force One, they may just end up in a seat next to you!"
(1) The poll of 1,062 adults, conducted at the end of October, asked US respondents to select from a politically representative list of high profile presidential and vice presidential candidates -- or to name their own candidate. The options were: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Sara Palin, George W.Bush, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Herman Cain, Dan Quayle, Joe Biden, Paul Ryan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Stephen Colbert, Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, John Edwards, or 'other -- specify.'
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