More Americans would like to stay as a guest in the home of Donald Trump than with any other candidate in the US presidential election, according to research commissioned by home rental website Airbnb.
If Americans could choose to stay in the home of one presidential candidate as a guest, they would pick Donald Trump (30%) and Hillary Clinton (24%). Just 16% would want to stay at Bernie Sanders’ house, 7% with Ted Cruz and 5% at John Kasich’s residence.
Turning it around, the Harris poll commissioned by Airbnb also asked 2035 American adults which presidential candidates they would most welcome into their homes as hosts, perhaps to have a meal or a beer with.
On that question, Hillary Clinton scored top, with 24% of the votes, followed by Donald Trump (20%) and Bernie Sanders (20%). Far behind the top three candidates were Ted Cruz (8%) and John Kasich (8%).
Even more telling, the poll also asked respondents for their thoughts on the candidates, the coming US election, their top policy concerns and their thoughts on opening up their homes to guests.
Here are some highlights:
- Those surveyed felt Trump would have the best taste in home décor and interior style (29%) and the most comfortable guest rooms (42%).
- 34% of those surveyed would most like to raid his fridge, too.
- 71% of respondents felt that most of the presidential candidates are out of touch with the concerns of ordinary middle-class Americans.
- 80% of those surveyed would host a candidate for a night in their home.
- The economy (53%) and healthcare (53%) are respondents’ top two policy concerns, and they would want to discuss them with a candidate over dinner if they hosted them in their homes.
- Other concerns are education (37%) and immigration (36%).
Harris conducted the online survey 21-23 March 2016 among 612 Republicans, 708 Democrats, and 559 Independents.
So why did Airbnb commission the survey? Travel news website Skift.com notes that Airbnb is on a mission to legalise its platform in cities across the US and is battling a number of legal threats facing the company, which is headquartered in San Francisco and worth an estimated USD 25.5 billion.
US politics is thus of major significance to Airbnb.
Written by Peter Needham