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Who would you rather have lunch with - Obama, Palin or Romney?

A new Sachs/Mason Dixon poll gets to the heart of the presidential choices in front of us. Who would you rather have lunch with? More than three times as many Americans - 53 percent - would choose to have a one-on-one lunch chat with President Obama over any of the Republican presidential conentenders. Sarah Palin placed a distant second, with 16 percent.

“Overwhelmingly, Americans find President Barack Obama to be the most likable and lunch-worthy date compared to any of those hoping take his job in the 2012 election,” said Ron Sachs, President of Ron Sachs Communications. “There is no baloney in this simple truth: the ‘lunch pal’ poll very likely reflects the significant advantage President Obama enjoys heading into his re-election against a party that has no ‘candidate du jour.’”

One in ten said they'd choose none and prefer to eat alone.

The May 23 and 24 Sachs/Mason-Dixon Poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. A total of 625 adults were interviewed between May 23 and 24 nationwide by telephone. The poll was commissioned by Tallahassee-based Ron SachsCommunications and conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc

QUESTION: Among these announced or rumored contenders for President in 2012, which one would you most like to have a one-on-one conversation with over lunch?
                        NATION DEM   REP  IND
Barack Obama   53%     85% 25% 48%
Sarah Palin 1     6%          5% 27% 16%
Mitt Romney       9%          2% 19%   8%
Ron Paul            6%          1%    9%   7%
Tim Pawlenty     3%           -       7%    3%
Newt Gingrich    2%           -       4%     2%
Michelle Bachman 1%         -       3%     1%
None/Not Sure  10%         7%      6% 15%

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:23am]


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