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Election Goes To The Dogs (first Presidential Dog Poll)
Yahoo Finance/Press Release ^ | 8/27/2004

Posted on 08/27/2004 8:29:56 PM PDT by Born Conservative

Election Goes To The Dogs: 51-27% Dog Owners Prefer German Shepherd Dog Over Scottish Terrier as ''First Dog''
Friday August 27, 4:11 pm ET

 

WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 2004--51-37 Percent Trust Bush More Than Kerry to Walk Their Dog; 44-37 Percent Believe Bush Better For Happiness of Their Dog; Dog Owners Say Bush Reminds Them of Labrador Retriever or Rottweiler (Tie at 20 Percent), 15 Percent Say Kerry Reminds Them of Labrador Retriever, 14 Percent Poodle

Forget about red and blue states, this year's presidential election has gone to the dogs.

According to results in the first Presidential Dog Poll sponsored by the AKC Rewards Visa(1) Card from Bank One, dog owners likely to vote in the 2004 presidential election said they preferred a German Shepherd Dog serve as the First Dog for the next four years, 51-27 percent, over a Scottish Terrier! Respondents were not told that Senator Kerry owns a German Shepherd Dog and that President Bush owns a Scottish Terrier.

The poll also found that 51 percent of dog owners trusted Bush more than Kerry (37 percent) to walk their dog, while 44 percent believe the Bush administration is better for the happiness of their dog vs. 37 percent for the Kerry Administration.

The omnibus poll, which was conducted by Braun Research, Inc. during the dog days of summer, Aug. 23-24, surveyed a national probability sample of 1000 adult voters likely to vote in the upcoming presidential election, living in private households in the continental United States. The margin of error is approximately +/- 3.5 percent.

"The German Shepherd Dog has been the third most popular dog in America for years so it's no surprise that he is also the 'First Dog' frontrunner," said Gail Miller, Director of Media Relations for the AKC. "Possessing a high degree of intelligence, courage and loyalty, the German Shepherd Dog is the perfect companion, protector and friend - qualities which make him an excellent choice as the canine leader of the free world."

In a finding that may raise the candidates' fur, dog owners say Bush reminds them of either a Labrador Retriever or Rottweiler (tie at 20 percent), 15 percent say Kerry reminds them of a Labrador Retriever, 14 percent Poodle.

The AKC Rewards Visa Card from Bank One allows cardmembers to earn a full one percent back on every purchase they make for themselves and their dog. Each time cardmembers reach 2,500 points, they can choose to redeem the points for a $25 check or a $25 gift card or gift certificate at selected merchants. Cardmembers also receive 1,000 bonus points after their first purchase. For more information about the card and the 35 different breeds you may have pictured on your card, visit www.bankone.com.

The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs. The AKC maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States, and along with its 4,500 licensed and member clubs, educates the general public about responsible dog ownership. More than 16,000 competitions for purebred dogs are held under AKC rules each year including conformation, agility, obedience, tracking, herding, lure coursing, hunt tests, and field and earthdog trials. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM - News) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $1.1 trillion and operations in more than 50 countries. The company has approximately 96 million credit cards issued. Under the JPMorgan, Chase and Bank One brands, the firm serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients. Information about the firm is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

  • (1) Visa and the Visa logo are registered trademarks of Visa U.S.A.
                         AKC Rewards Visa Card Topline
                            "Presidential Dog Poll"
                             August 23 - 24, 2004
    

    1. How likely are you to vote in the 2004 presidential election? (N=1,000)

    Total Dog-Owners (N=1000) (n=433) ----------------------------------------------------------- Very likely 88% 90% ----------------------------------------------------------- Somewhat likely 12% 10% ----------------------------------------------------------- Not at all likely -- -- ----------------------------------------------------------- Not at all likely -- -- -----------------------------------------------------------

    2. Do you currently own a dog?

    43% Yes 57% No DON'T KNOW/REFUSED (DO NOT READ) -- less than 1%

    3. When the 44th U.S. president takes office, there will be a "First Dog" in the White House. Which dog would you like to see as the "First Dog 2004?" (ROTATE)

    Total Dog-Owners (N=1000) (n=433) ----------------------------------------------------------- German Shepherd 44% 51% ----------------------------------------------------------- Scottish Terrier 28% 27% ----------------------------------------------------------- DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 19% 15% ----------------------------------------------------------- NEITHER 10% 8% -----------------------------------------------------------

    4. (IF Q1=2) In your opinion, which presidential candidate's administration will be better for the happiness of your dog?

    OR

    (IF Q2=2 or 3) If you owned a dog, in your opinion, which presidential candidate's administration would be better for the happiness of your dog? (ROTATE)

    Total Dog-Owners (N=1000) (n=433) ----------------------------------------------------------- George W. Bush 39% 44% ----------------------------------------------------------- John Kerry 38% 37% ----------------------------------------------------------- DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 18% 15% ----------------------------------------------------------- NEITHER 5% 5% -----------------------------------------------------------

    5. (IF Q2=1) Which one of the two presidential candidates would you trust most to walk your dog?

    OR

    (IF Q2=2 or 3) If you owned a dog, which one of the two presidential candidates would you trust most to walk your dog? (ROTATE)

    Total Dog-Owners (N=1000) (n=433) ----------------------------------------------------------- George W. Bush 45% 51% ----------------------------------------------------------- John Kerry 40% 37% ----------------------------------------------------------- DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 10% 6% ----------------------------------------------------------- NEITHER 6% 6% -----------------------------------------------------------

    6. Of the following dog breeds, which one best represents each candidate's (George W. Bush, John Kerry) personality? (ROTATE)

    George W. Bush: Total John Kerry: Total ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Labrador Retriever - (likes to be around people, active and alert) 17% 14% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Rottweiler - (intelligent, courageous and protective of their owners) 17% 13% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Beagle - (developed to hunt by scent or by sight, generally sweet and loving with people) 12% 8% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Scottish Terrier - (determined, clever and brave) 10% 9% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pug - (developed to be a companion and likes to spend time with family) 9% 8% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Collie - (highly intelligent and requires lots of exercise and likes to work) 8% 13% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Poodle - (smart, active and makes a wonderful family companion) 5% 12% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- DON'T KNOW/REFUSED (DO NOT READ) 11% 16% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- NONE (DO NOT READ) 11% 7% ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    George W. Bush: John Kerry: Dog Owners Dog Owners ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Labrador Retriever - (likes to be around people, active and alert) 20% 15% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Rottweiler - (intelligent, courageous and protective of their owners) 20% 12% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Beagle - (developed to hunt by scent or by sight, generally sweet and loving with people) 11% 9% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Scottish Terrier - (determined, clever and brave) 10% 9% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pug - (developed to be a companion and likes to spend time with family) 9% 11% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Collie - (highly intelligent and requires lots of exercise and likes to work) 7% 12% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Poodle - (smart, active and makes a wonderful family companion) 5% 14% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- DON'T KNOW/REFUSED (DO NOT READ) 8% 10% ---------------------------------------------------------------------- NONE (DO NOT READ) 11% 9% ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Demographics

    1. Region of country

    36% South 23% Midwest 23% West 19% Northeast

    2. Age

    21% 18 - 29 years old 19% 30 - 39 years old 20% 40 - 49 years old 21% 50- 64 years old 17% 65 or older 2% REFUSED

    3. Sex

    48% Male 52% Female

    4. Household Income

    12% Less than $20K 12% $20K - $29.9K 18% $30K - $49.9K 17% $50K - $74.9K 13% $75K - $99.9K 9% $100K - $149.9K 4% $150K+ 16% DON'T KNOW/REFUSED

    5. Status

    54% Currently Married 7% Widowed 9% Divorced 2% Separated 5% Living in a partnered relationship 21% Never married 2% DON'T KNOW/REFUSED

    6. Race

    76% White 12% African American 1% Asian 7% Some other race 3% REFUSED

    7. Of Hispanic origin

    12% Yes 86% No 3% REFUSED

    8. Party affiliation

    35% Republican 23% Independent/Other 35% Democrat 7% DON'T KNOW
     



TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dogpoll; polls
Keep in mind that this is a press release from Bank One. I posted this because of the results of which dog each candidate reminds them of; 14 % think Kerry reminds them of a poodle!
1 posted on 08/27/2004 8:29:57 PM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative

This is absurd! I want a repoll now! :)


2 posted on 08/27/2004 8:39:37 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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Well, the poll may be right.

The only job Kerry has demonstrated he has qualifications for is Dog Catcher.

He's been able so far to keep John Kerry on a short leash and keep Tereza muzzled for at least this week.

Barney, however, was a better communicator, being able to give a clear and precise message to the Press on behalf of our Country this week in Crawford and on National TV!
3 posted on 08/27/2004 8:52:51 PM PDT by not2worry
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To: not2worry

"He's been able so far to keep John Kerry on a short leash and keep Tereza muzzled for at least this week."

Yeah. I did notice that. After that four years of hell comment, she's been extremely quiet. I guess the muzzling, as you put it, is quite appropriate.


4 posted on 08/27/2004 8:57:49 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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Well, we have a Golden Lab and a Great Dane.

They ignore the TV, because they are more interested in us or themselves.

We have been fascinated though, that when Kerry comes on they leave the room or want to go outside.

Being honest Republicans, we will not be registering them to vote.

5 posted on 08/27/2004 9:03:06 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Eagles Up !!)
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To: Born Conservative

Rottweiler or Poodle as a wartime President? I'll take the Rottweiler! (Although I do love German Shepherds.)


6 posted on 08/27/2004 9:04:49 PM PDT by Not A Snowbird (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Born Conservative

Kerry's a German Shepherd owner? Gee, I finally found a point of agreement with the junior Senator from Massachusetts.


7 posted on 08/27/2004 9:08:21 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: smoothsailing

Of course if we did register them to vote, at least they'd be alive. We only register living things.


8 posted on 08/27/2004 9:09:12 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
Good point!

Max (the Lab) and Chopper (the Dane) were wagging their tails like crazy last weekend when we put our BUSH CHENEY yardsign out.

But when it comes to voting, well, they dont even have green cards.

9 posted on 08/27/2004 9:24:33 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Eagles Up !!)
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To: smoothsailing

That's it. We've got to secure our borders. :)


10 posted on 08/27/2004 9:27:51 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Born Conservative

11 posted on 08/27/2004 9:29:23 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Ciexyz
Is the German Shepard a member of the family, as mine is, or a unit of Kerry's security team.

There is a big difference. You can buy a dog to protect you or you can buy a dog to love and become one of your family.

IMHO, I suspect the German Shepard reports to duty every day to protect the Kerry Family and doesn't get much in terms of love and affection. I have NEVER seen Kerry with any dog (except Tereza) and then the story about the CPR with the Hampster going to the Hamptons.
12 posted on 08/28/2004 4:15:25 AM PDT by not2worry
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To: Born Conservative

13 posted on 08/28/2004 4:53:49 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Born Conservative

14 posted on 08/28/2004 4:54:48 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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