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What you don't know about the presidential candidates

Little-known polls show that people would prefer Obama to water their plants and McCain to wash the car.

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People would rather barbecue burgers with Barack Obama than with John McCain. While many are still deciding who should be president, by 52 percent to 45 percent they would prefer having Mr. Obama than Mr. McCain to their summer cookout, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released last week.

As commentators and talk show hosts debate the significance of the barbecue polling results, anonymous sources have told this correspondent that several other national surveys have revealed a wide range of surprising voter opinions. Among the still-secret findings are these:

•In response to the question, "Who would you rather have on your touch football team after the barbecue?" 68 percent of those polled favored Obama. But 65 percent said McCain should referee the game.

•Asked which candidate would be better at aiding the search for a lost pet, 59 percent of respondents preferred Obama. An even larger majority, 64 percent, chose McCain as best qualified to hook up the jumper cables when help is needed starting a car with a dead battery.

•When queried about the subject of youth soccer, 53 percent of those polled thought McCain would do a superior job as head coach. Interestingly, the exact same percentage said Obama should be in charge of preparing the postgame snacks.

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