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It’s the question that tends to stir hot debate and hair-raising emotions among pet owners: Which pet do people prefer, dogs or cats?
Cat lovers may want to stop reading here.
The result is not even close, according to a poll released by U.S.-based Public Policy Polling.
Canines are the winners hands down, with 52 per cent of people polled saying they prefer them over cats, who got just 21 per cent of the vote.
Jim Williams, a polling analyst with Public Polling Policy, told the Star that he is disappointed with the results on a personal level.
“I’m a big cat person, so I was hoping for more a cat-friendly response,” he said.
“This was a little surprising to me because I heard that cats are the most-owned pet in America by number, but it would appear that dogs win this round.”
This was the first time the Raleigh, N.C.-based company has conducted a poll on pets.
Since 2001, PPP has conducted surveys for politicians and political organizations, unions, consultants, and businesses.
But although the dog-loving world can lap up these results, there was some relief in the poll findings for the cat camp.
The stereotype about the “crazy cat person” wasn’t widely supported, according to the results.
Just 23 per cent of those polled agreed with the statement “Cat owners are weirder than dog owners.”
Here are some of the reasons that may indicate why cats are less popular.
The biggest reason why cats win out with some people? Eleven per cent of respondents say that cats “make you work for their affection and don’t sell out like dogs do.”
Here are some other data collected by Public Policy Polling.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 603 registered voters between June 11-13, 2013. The margin of error was +/- 4 per cent.