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After last night's debate, which candidate would you eat a burger with?

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(Read caption) President Barack Obama orders a fast food hamburger in Washington, May 29, 2009.

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The presidential debate on foreign policy held last night in Boca Raton, Fla., has been largely declared a tie. In other words, no glaring gaffes, a congeniality that was missing from the second debate, and well articulated debate agendas. There's nothing like a good race that comes down to a dead-heat tie on the homestretch. So for the undecideds in this country, who will surely once again decide the 2012 election, set aside your comparative analysis for a moment and ask yourself this question: Which candidate would you rather have a hamburger with?

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Smashburger, a "better burger" restaurant, polled 2,094 US adults and found that nearly 3 in 5, or 59 percent, would most like to eat a hamburger with President Barack Obama.

We can assume that vegetarians were automatically disqualified from the poll, or perhaps they politely hung up on the pollster. And we'll try not to deduce that Mitt Romney's choice of a veggie burger before the last debate had any bearings on the results of this hamburger poll.

More scrutiny of the results reveals that of the 59 percent who favor sharing a meal with President Obama:

  • 64 percent hail from the Midwest, 55 percent from the South, 61 percent from the Northeast and 59 percent from the West. 
  • Younger adults chose President Obama over their older counterparts, 64 percent of 18-to-34 year olds vs. 54 percent of those 55 years and older. 
  • 66 percent of women 18 to 34 years old and 45 to 54 years old, respectively, would most want to have a hamburger with President Obama over 51 percent of women ages 55 and older. 

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