Zoomerang Survey Asks Americans, "What Would You Do as President?"

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This lighthearted online survey finds Americans would eat comfort food, dress the part (America pin and all) and maybe even bring their best friend with them if they could live the dream of being president.

Zoomerang, the leader in online surveys, today released the results of its January 2009 survey focused on what decisions the American public would make if they were moving into the White House this month. In the spirit of the inauguration, more than 200 Americans responded with answers that show the true diversity of personalities across our great nation. "Finally knowing what is in Area 51" and "the power to do good," were two such comments shared in answer to the question, "What would be most exciting about becoming president?"

The new administration has already made a number of important decisions about their move to Washington. Some interesting developments are that Malia and Sasha Obama will have their grandmother living with them at the White House and will be attending private school. When asked who they would most want to bring with them if they were to become president, 66% of Americans said they would just want to bring their immediate family. 15% of people surveyed would want to bring their parents and 12% would bring their best friend. School was another issue we thought would be interesting to discuss. The results: 56% of Americans surveyed would send their children to private school so they could get the best education possible, while 28% would choose public school to demonstrate their faith in the public school system. Interestingly, 10% of those surveyed would home school their children to protect them.

When asked what type of food they would ask the White House chef to prepare for them, 31% of Americans stated they would want comfort food like pizza and burgers dished up, 29% would eat a healthful diet, and 20% would want to dine on more worldly fare. Another question posed to the nation was style related. As commander-in-chief, 42% would dress in the traditional beltway flair--full suit and America pin. Another 40% opted for a casual chic look including a blazer and shades saying to the public, "Hey, I'm laid back." As leader of the free world, Obama will be called many things from POTUS to Barack. When asked how they would prefer to be addressed as president, a whopping 89% of people surveyed prefer the polite "Mr. or Ms. President."

Zoomerang's online survey also found some other fun stats about how America would act as president:

  • If they were to be immortalized, 32% of Americans would want to be on currency and 27% would want a monument resembling the Lincoln Memorial erected in their honor
  • 38% of Americans would want to be close friends with their Secret Service agents, while 24% would see them as bodyguards and nothing more
  • 54% of Americans would most enjoy throwing intimate gatherings with high-powered friends as president, whereas 15% would rather throw state dinners
  • When asked what they would do with the portrait of W. hanging in the White House, 73% of people surveyed said they would let it hang in peace. Surprisingly, 5% of Americans would carefully scrape the paint off, melt it and reuse it for future art projects in a symbolic effort of frugality.

About the Zoomerang Survey
Data was collected using Zoomerang's online survey software and is based on feedback from 215 U.S. respondents drawn from ZoomPanel, MarketTools' proprietary online sample source of more than 2.5 million individuals who have been validated through MarketTools TrueSample. The overall margin of error was 6 percent with a 92 percent confidence level. 30 of the 50 United States were represented. 53% of respondents were male and 47% were female.

About Zoomerang
Zoomerang, part of MarketTools, Inc., pioneered Web-based surveys in 1999 to give organizations a powerful, self-service alternative to conduct accurate comprehensive surveys with a minimum of cost and effort. Today, Zoomerang is the world's #1 source for online surveys, helping thousands of organizations, including over 70 of the Fortune 100, in over 100 countries. Zoomerang provides a powerful alternative for organizations that need to conduct fast, accurate, comprehensive surveys with minimal cost and effort. Zoomerang's business, educational and non-profit customers have created and sent more than 100 million surveys. Zoomerang supplements its surveys with expert professional services, including survey programming and the recruitment and selection of custom groups of survey respondents.

To learn more about how you can use Zoomerang to collect great insights for your organization, please visit us at Zoomerang.com and sign up for Zoomerang today.    

MarketTools is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in San Francisco and European headquarters in London. For more information, please visit: http://www.markettools.com.

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