Pet Poll Shows Democrats Lead Republicans by Substantial Margin
Brea, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2012) – With the 2012 presidential campaign heating up, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine which of the 44 U.S. president’s last names were most common among pets. All totaled, more than 3,400 pets in VPI’s database were given the same moniker as the last name of a U.S. president.
Below is a list of the 10 most common presidential pet names in VPI’s database of more than 485,000 insured pets (total number of pets sharing that name in parenthesis):
Most Common Presidential Pet Names
1. Jackson (942)
2. Madison (729)
3. Wilson (269)
4. Tyler (219)
5. Taylor (206)
6. Truman (167)
7. Lincoln (143)
8. Reagan (141)
9. Arthur (99)
10. Carter (82)
Other than Warren Harding and James Polk, all 44 U.S. presidents were represented with at least one pet name in VPI’s database. Additionally, there are five pets named “Obama” and 10 others named “Barack.” While there aren’t any pets named “Romney” or “Mitt,” the Republican nominee is represented by seven pets with the moniker “Willard,” his rarely mentioned first name.
The Democratic Party has the most pet names (1,585) in common with U.S. presidents, out-polling Republicans by a ratio of more than 2 ½ -to- 1. Surprisingly, the Democratic-Republican Party, which dissolved in 1821, had more pet names (788) in VPI’s database than the Republican Party (605). The Whig Party was represented by 486 pet names, while the Federalist Party came in with just one name (Adams). There are two pets named “Washington,” the only former U.S. president to have been elected without any official endorsement by a political party.
About Veterinary Pet Insurance
With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.
VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.