Who's your favourite Beatle - if you had to pick one?
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02-14-2013, 04:01 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
I went looking for a few online polls with bigger sample size results, just to satisfy my curiosity, and it looks pretty much like I thought I would. An example:
John 174 (35%)
Paul 164 (33%)
George 114 (23%)
Ringo 44 (9%)
It’s a two-pronged question though, whereas the one on this site kinda encompasses both (or leaves it open to interpretation)
Who was the best Beatle?
Which Beatle had the best solo career?
If you just weigh it 50/50 by adding up all the results, you get this:
Lennon 1043 (37.3%)
McCartney 1043 (37.3%)
Harrison 530 (19.0%)
Starr 179 (6.4%)
Remarkably, after nearly 3000 votes they have an identical amount of support – Lennon about 60 more votes for his greatness as a Beatle (I tend to agree), and McCartney about 60 more for his solo career.
I’m sure there are others out there.
Combine these results with ours:
John Lennon 1251 (36.8%)
Paul McCartney 1234 (36.3%)
George Harrison 685 (20.2%)
Ringo Starr 229 (6.7%)
Looks like what I originally thought. About ¾ prefer John and Paul, who are in a dead heat, then a sizeable minority who either actually prefer George, or say “John and Paul get enough love and Harrison is awesome too, so I’m taking him”, and then a fringe who take Ringo. Possible reasons:
1.****** They hate the Beatles and therefore find the musicians behind their songs nauseating, and choose Ringo as he is the least to blame
2.****** They are taking Pity on Ringo as he’s such a likeable character and couldn’t stand to see him end up without votes
3.****** They are joking/being ironic
4.****** They actually think he was the “best” Beatle. (doubtful)
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