Ten percent of men believe they could beat a lion in a fist fight, according to survey
The male mind never ceases to amaze
These are the YouGov surveys that really matter. You can keep your opinion polls and voting intentions, I want to know who Americans think would win in a series of 1v1 matchup between animals.
The survey put 34 different animals, along with humans, against one another in a series of random match-ups, with 1,224 US adults then asked who they thought would win in each contest.
Coming out on top was the elephant, which had a win-rate of 74 percent, with the tiger in close second with 70%. Humans came second-to-last with a win-percentage of 17%, just ahead of the humble goose with 14%. This is despite the fact that we all know geese are absolutely terrifying and always up for a scrap.
However, perhaps the most enlightening findings come when people were asked to rate their own chances against each animal.
Eight percent of American men (and 7% of women) reckon they could beat a lion in a fist fight. Even more reckon they could take on an elephant or gorilla, with 9% of men and 8% of women backing themselves in a fight against both.
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) May 14, 2021
On the flip-side, almost a quarter of men and a third of women don't think they could beat a rat in a fight.
The largest disparities between the sexes came with the medium-sized animals. Seventy-one percent of men think they could beat a goose in a fight, compared to just 51% of women, whilst 60% percent of men reckon they'd be the victor against a medium-sized dog, far more than the 39% of women who think they'd be able to conquer a canine.
It's the people that reckon they could beat a goose that I question most. They'd batter you and wouldn't give it a second thought.
No fear. Not of tigers, not of man. pic.twitter.com/cyyl04QNTj
— laurasaurus 🦖🦕 (@iamlaurasaurus) May 14, 2021