WASHINGTON – More people said that they would rather chat with Sen. Barack Obama at a Memorial Day Picnic than any other 2008 presidential hopeful.
According to a poll released Friday by Quinnipiac Polling Institute,35 percent of voters,including 25 percent of men and 34 percent of women,would most like to chat with the Illinois senator at a Memorial Day picnic.
“Sen. Hillary Clinton has downed a few shots and beers recently to show she's a regular gal,but American voters would rather hang out with the guys,Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain,” said Maurice Carroll,director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
One-third of voters said they would like to chat with Sen. John McCain,making him statistically tied with Obama,and 27 percent of voters said they would chat with Clinton.
The pollsters asked respondents to choose a picnic partner independent of how they intended to vote.
Blacks overwhelmingly would like to speak with Obama,while Clinton was favored by the female population. Most of McCain's votes came from white males.
From May 8 to 12,Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,745 registered voters nationwide,and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
Of those surveyed,77 percent said that a candidate's “likeable personality” is important when deciding who to vote for.
More Republicans than members of other parties felt a candidate's likeability was important,and more women than men said likeability was an important factor.
Likeability is also a deciding factor for blacks – 87 percent of blacks who participated in the poll said it is important or somewhat important,while 76 percent of whites said it is important or somewhat important.