A Much-Needed, Light-Hearted Look at the 2016 Presidential Candidates


In preparation for the year's final presidential debates, we have a nationwide poll of our own that we're throwing into the mix. The North Poll -- which adds some much-needed levity and festivity to the presidential race -- reveals a completely new and spirited look at the 2016 presidential candidates. Following are the key results of our online poll of more than 1,600 men and women nationwide:

Which presidential candidate would you kiss under the mistletoe?

According to The North Poll, most Americans would peck Carly Fiorina (23%) under the mistletoe followed by Hillary Clinton (22%), Bernie Sanders (16%), Marco Rubio (10%), Donald Trump (8%), Ben Carson (6%), and Jeb Bush (4%). When filtered by gender, Fiorina was the overwhelming choice among men, garnering 42% of the male vote, while Sanders was the top mistletoe target for 23% of women followed by Rubio (17%), Clinton (14%) and Trump (10%). The least smoochable candidates, according to the poll, are John Kasich who received less than 1% of the vote along with Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz, each of whom would only need to pucker up for 3% of Americans.

Which candidate do you think would make the best Santa Claus?

According to the survey, Americans think Bernie Sanders, with 25% of the vote, would make the best Santa. Sanders was followed closely by Chris Christie (25%) and Donald Trump (23%). Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio came in last with less than 1% each.

Which presidential candidate do you wish would attend your holiday party?

Most Americans (26%) want Hillary Clinton to attend their holiday party followed by Bernie Sanders (22%) and Donald Trump (21%). However, Trump was the most popular choice among men with 26% of the male vote. The invitations most likely to get lost in the mail would be those addressed to Martin O'Malley and John Kasich, each of whom received just 1% of the vote.

Commissioned by The Salonniere, a leading and award-winning site dedicated exclusively to the art of party hosting, The North Poll was conducted by an independent national research firm between November 20 and December 4, 2015.