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Purple Poll: If Obama and Romney were animals, what kind of animals would they be?

posted at 10:08 am on July 17, 2012 by

It is still a bit too early in the campaign to rely much on head-to-head polling. Moreover, there is nothing particularly magical about collective swing state polling; at best, it would be about as representative as a national poll. Thus, the main result of the latest Purple Poll (.pdf) of 12 supposed swing states may not even be Obama’s 2% lead over Romney among likely voters (with a margin of error of +/- 1.6%) may not tell us much more than what other polls have suggested — the numbers are not moving to any significant degree. The poll breaks out results for Colorado (Obama +2), Virginia (Obama +2), Ohio (Obama +3) and Florida (Romney +3), but with a 6% margin of error, one should not be too fixated on the specific results of these sub-samples (although it is intriguing that these key states have worse job approval/disapproval numbers than the overall sample).

Accordingly, it is worth looking at perhaps the most entertaining question in the poll, which asked these swing staters which candidate seemed more like particular animals:

Among all likely voters polled, Obama came out as the fox, the cat and the family dog, while Romney was selected as both snake and lion. However among independents in these swing states, Obama came out as the fox, the cat and the snake, while Romney emerged as the lion and… the family dog. Insert the obligatory “Seamus tied to the luggage rack” vs. “Obama Eats Dogs” joke here. In this Barbara Walters fashion comes more evidence that swing state independents may have a better image of Mitt Romney than his overall favorability ratings suggest.

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Dear Liar is a tick.
Mittens is a fox — both good qualities and bad, but there’s nothing good about a tick.

rbj on July 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

They really should have offered the hybrid peacock/turkey option for Obama.

jon1979 on July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Wanting the fruits of others labor, I’d say Obama is closest to the hyena.

chewydog on July 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Obama is a flesh eating bacteria.

The Rogue Tomato on July 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

What, no weasel, vulture, or poop-flinging primate choices?

roy_batty on July 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Here are some animals or animal groups that help define Dear Leader:

The Parasite
The Weasel
The Sloth
The Snake
The Rat
The Fly
The Vulture
The Jackal

moc23 on July 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

bho is a vampire bat. bho bites(opens his lying mouth), drains your blood(takes all we have with his policies), and gives you rabies so you will die a slow death(bhocare) from all he is doing.

letget on July 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

No skittle farting unicorn?

crazy_legs on July 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

What? No honey badger?

Goldenavatar on July 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

No jackass? That’s my Obama animal.

TarheelBen on July 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

0’s a Dung Beetle.

Jayl on July 18, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Obama is quite obviously the Nyan Cat.

vegconservative on July 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The fox works for Romney. Thinking a bit ahead, not always sure where he stands, but not the worst option out there either.

Obama meanwhile is a bunghole.

Yeah, no animal reference there, just needs to be said.

Gingotts on July 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Feces-flinging monkey

Shambhala on July 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

The poll would have been more relevant if they used a Donkey…

DannoJyd on July 22, 2012 at 4:36 AM