Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19013
Obama Is Nation's Top Hypothetical Barbecue Guest: Ignoring that hotdog and hamburger season doesn't begin in earnest for another three months, SurveyUSA asked 1,300 registered voters from the entire United States which one leading Presidential candidate they would most like to invite to a barbecue.

47% say they would invite Barack Obama.
14% would invite Rick Santorum.
14% would invite Ron Paul.
12% would invite Mitt Romney.
8% would invite Newt Gingrich.

Stating the obvious: there are 4 major Republican candidates for President, and 1 Democrat. Adding together the numbers for each Republican shows an effectively tied barbecue invitation race, with 48% inviting a candidate other than Obama, 47% inviting Obama.

Among just Republicans:
30% invite Rick Santorum.
26% invite Mitt Romney.
17% invite Newt Gingrich.
13% invite Ron Paul.
9% invite Barack Obama.

Among just independents:
43% invite Barack Obama.
22% invite Ron Paul.
13% invite Rick Santorum.
11% invite Mitt Romney.
7% invite Newt Gingrich.

Among just Democrats, 86% invite Barack Obama; 5% Ron Paul; each other candidate is invited by just 2% of Democrats each.

Full crosstabs below break down invites by strong/weak party affiliation, by Tea Party membership, by ideology, by region, and by other characteristics.

Cell phone respondents and home phone respondents included in this research. 1,459 adults from the entire United States were interviewed by SurveyUSA 02/22/12. Of them, 1,300 were registered to vote and asked the questions that appear here. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (74% of registered voters) were interviewed on a home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents unreachable on a home telephone (26% of registered voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device. In this research, cell phone and home phone respondents respond similarly, though differences exist. Example: 7% of cell phone respondents extend their barbecue invitation to Rick Santorum, versus 17% of home phone respondents.
1If you could only invite one of the leading presidential candidates to a barbecue, who would you invite? Barack Obama? Mitt Romney? Rick Santorum? Ron Paul? Or Newt Gingrich?
1300 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationPartyTea Party MemberIdeologyIdeologyRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 2.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineStrong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoVery ConConservaModerateLiberalVery LibConservaModerateLiberalNortheasMidwestSouthWest
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Composition of Registered Voters100%49%51%28%26%28%18%54%46%69%12%13%6%26%74%13%15%15%15%12%19%11%28%30%42%9%89%14%20%40%15%5%34%40%20%19%21%35%24%