1/25: President Outshines Athletes, Celebs as Most Wanted Autograph

Presidents have been known to sign an autograph or two as they leave the House Chamber following their State of the Union addresses, but members of the U.S. Congress aren’t the only ones who want the president’s signature.  The Commander in Chief’s John Hancock is the autograph most desired by Americans.



When asked from whom they would prefer to receive an autograph, a majority of U.S. residents — 52% — say they would like to get one from the president.  A professional athlete comes in a distant second with 18%.  And, while this year’s Academy Award nominees were just announced, expect only one in ten Americans to clamor for an autograph from an actor or actress.  Eight percent say they would value an autograph from a rock star, and 4% would cherish the signature of a newscaster.  Eight percent are unsure.

Although a plurality of younger Americans would most appreciate the president’s autograph, more older Americans have this view.  57% of those 45 or older would want the president’s autograph while 45% of those younger than 45 agree.  Slightly more women — 56% — than men — 48%– share this opinion.

Table: Autograph Preference

Marist Poll Methodology