It's Official: Americans Are Dog People
More voters would rather have a dog as president than a cat
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 4:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – Take that, cat lovers: A new study of Americans and animals has found the majority of Americans prefer dogs. A Public Policy Polling survey found 52% of American voters prefer dogs, while just 21% prefer cats. And if they had to choose between a dog and a cat for President of the United States, 37% would choose a dog, compared with just 19% for cats. Other important findings from the study:

  • 61% of voters are pet owners.
  • Almost a third let their pets sleep in bed with them.
  • Americans are most scared of snakes, with 21% naming them the most frightening—just ahead of alligators at 19%.
  • If choosing an "exotic" pet, 26% would choose a tiger, 20% a giraffe, and 18% a ... dinosaur.
  • In a fight between a bear and a shark, the majority think a bear would win.
  • Bambi is America's most popular movie animal, followed by Lassie, Garfield, Nemo, and Free Willy, respectively.
Click through to read more of this critical research at Public Policy Polling.