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Poll: Centenarians Favor Betty White Over Obama for Dinner

By Dan Weil   |   Wednesday, 09 Nov 2011 11:19 AM

A new poll from insurance company UnitedHealthcare shows that 89-year-old Betty White ranks as a much more popular choice among the most senior of seniors for a dinner companion than 50-year-old President Barack Obama.
The survey of 100 of the more than 70,000 centenarians living in the United States asked them to choose between 10 celebrities they would invite to a family dinner.
The actress White placed first at 61 percent; England’s 85-year-old Queen Elizabeth placed second at 53 percent. And just to show that centenarians aren’t prejudiced against youngsters — and seem to have an affinity for royalty — Prince William, 29, came in third at 42 percent.
Tied for fourth at 41 percent were Obama and media star and mogul Oprah Winfrey, 57. Some older folks are ready to go rogue, as 47-year-old Sarah Palin occupied sixth place at 23 percent.
And centenarians are probably a bit too old to worry about getting fired: Real estate titan Donald Trump, 65, placed seventh at 22 percent; House Speaker John Boehner took eighth at 14 percent.
The kings and queens of seniority apparently aren’t too into rock and roll music — folk or electric. Bob Dylan, 70, scored only 10 percent.
And the centenarians clearly aren’t impressed with outrageous celebrity of the current variety. Lady Gaga, 25, headed up the rear with 6 percent.
On a more overtly political note, respondents were asked which former president — or Obama — they would most like to see come back and take over in 2013.
Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan tied for first at 25 percent; John F. Kennedy placed third at 10 percent; and Dwight Eisenhower followed at 9 percent.
Bill Clinton and Obama tied for fifth at 4 percent; then came Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush, tied at 2 percent. Nobody chose George W. Bush.

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