Okay, so Hunch asked 222,651 people if they own pets, and 26% said they only have dogs, 16% said they only have cats, and 13% had both dogs and cats. Sadly, 40% of the people in the survey have no pets at all, which I personally think means they are weird and pathetic, and they have very lonely lives. But that is just my opinion, and it is not part of the official survey.
Anyway, here are the things the survey said about the people who only have dogs: they are slightly more likely to be male, 50% more likely to be conservative, 28% more likely to be students, 24% more likely to have kids, 30% more likely to live in a rural area, and 28% more likely to own their home. Also, they are more likely to live in North or South America.
The people who only have cats are: slightly more likely to be women, more likely to be liberal, 17% more likely to have a graduate degree, 29% more likely to live in the city, and 29% more likely to rent their home. And more of them live in Europe or Oceania.
Oh, and by the way, people who have both dogs and cats are kind of in the middle between the dog people and cat people on all the questions in the survey.
Other stuff we can learn from this survey about dog-only people is that they are:
15% more likely to be extroverts;
36% more likely to be active outdoors;
18% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle;
23% more likely to use an iPhone;
and their favorite TV shows are Curb Your Enthusiasm, American Idol, and Everybody Loves Raymond.
What we can learn about cat-only people is that they are:
11% more likely to be introverts;
27% more likely to prefer individual sports to team sports;
25% more likely to think of George Harrison as their favorite Beatle;
7% more likely to be Android users;
and their favorite TV shows are CSI, Damages, and Real Time With Bill Maher.
The people who have both dogs and cats are mostly female, aged 25-49, suburbanites, politically middle-of-the-road, and described as original and unique.
And finally, the poor, deprived people with no pets tend to be male, aged 18-34, city dwellers, politically liberal, and optimists who are described as successful and admirable.
I don't know who is doing the describing of these people. Maybe it is the way they describe themselves, and if so, we don't know how honest these people are being, but we just have to take their word for it if they say they are admirable or unique or whatever. Anyway, the small print at the bottom of the survey says that these statistics come from more than 80 million answers to questions on the Hunch website that were collected between March 2009 and June 2011.
And what this means, like I said before, is that I did not make these numbers up. I am just reporting them, and you shouldn't get mad at me and say they are all wrong if you don't agree with them. I just hope you thought they were interesting, like I did, which is why I am sharing them with you.