Survey Results: Jacko Should Beat It

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A Washington Post survey allowed participants to vote for the celebrity they would be most happy never to hear from again. The winner? Erstwhile "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The Washington Post, known for its polls on the president's approval rating, the state of the economy and race relations in this country, posed a new question this week: which of the following people do you hope you never hear or read anything more about again? The list was very specific and limited. Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise or Mel Gibson?

Mr. Jackson was the gloved hands-down winner with a 73 percent negative rating among the thousand or so adults reached in the phone survey. Ms. Hilton was not too far behind with 60 percent of respondents hoping never to see her navel again. Tom Cruise was at a presidential 37 percent. Mel Gibson was Mr. Popularity, with only 14 percent of the population hoping that he might end up like Braveheart.

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