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Easter Bunny Surpasses Santa Claus as Most Lovable Holiday Character

Bunny beats Santa by a "hare" with St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun and Valentine's Day Cupid trailing behind

BusinessWire.com | Posted: April 15th, 2014, 10:00 am EST

 

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LOS ANGELES --- (BusinessWire) --- This Easter will be practically "eggs-cellent" for the Easter Bunny, as the long-eared furry character has made history by beating out the iconic Santa Claus as the most beloved holiday character in the entire United States, according to a consumer survey conducted by E-Score, a leading consumer research service which provides information to the world's major entertainment and media companies.

 

This narrow victory for the Easter Bunny marks the first time that any holiday character has ever come close to overtaking the legendary Man in Red. 89% of respondents indicated that they found the Easter Bunny appealing, compared against 87% for Santa, 84% for the St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun, and a distant 71% for the Valentine's Day Cupid. The survey was conducted among over 1500 persons between ages 13 to 49, with general representation across income, age, education, and geographic demographics to represent a cross-section of the entire U.S. population.

 

Also revealed in the survey were the top attributes that people would use to describe the Easter Bunny, including "warm," "approachable," "exciting," "unique" and "down-to-earth."

 

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Tim Cavender

We all think that rabbits are the ones that multiplies.  Maybe its because the Santas are multiplying so much now that you see them everywhere and all year long.  However, the Easter Bunny just comes out once a year and that makes him more special.  Just a thought.....

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Santa Johnny Boy

WHAAAATT?!?!?  Who does these surveys, anyway? Bah, humbug!  :sc_rasberry:

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Santa TJS

Sad, considering the bunny in the mall is a newer idea,Santa at the mall or department store has a long history. As a child of the 50's I never saw the Easter bunny,ever. They simply were not a character that was portrayed. Sure they talked about the Easter bunny and them leaving eggs etc,but never saw one. We only saw Santa after Thanksgiving and never again after Christmad Eve . Things have certainly changed,glad to have grown up in simpler times.

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Santa Hill

While I find this survey to be a little unbelievable maybe it's true that 24/7/365 Santas are taking the special away. There is no casual bunny attire as far as I know so that could be the difference. Just sayin'.

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Michael Rielly

I Googled "off season Easter Bunny"

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Santa Dave

I wonder how long it will be before we have Bunny casual, egg inspector badges, rabbit get togethers at IHOP, etc. Pay attention everybody, this poll is a wake up call

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Chris Capstone

Familiarity breeds contempt.

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Cayman Claus

Hip hip hooray!  Yet another opportunity for everyone to jump right in there and beat on their drums about all of the terrible tragedies and awful scars inflicted upon this precious world of ours by the overexposure of Santa!  Now we have statistical proof of these imaginary harms!  A full 13% of all respondents do not find the image of Santa "appealing"!  What have we done?!?!  Must shave!  Must shave immediately, and refrain from smiling until Thanksgiving Day!

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Santa Castor

I guess you can find a poll that will give you the desired result for just about anything theses days. It kind of opens up a whole new series of Poll-ish jokes.

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SantaJoe

OH PLEASE!  :santa_rolleyes:  No freaking way!!!!!!!!

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Santa Bruce Geron

I think we have enough self confidence not to let this rock our boat. Surveys are similar to middle-school lunch tables, it depends who you contact, when, and how are the questions presented. Like middle-school students, surveys are very fickle and a great way to spin information.

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SantaStephen

Yup - Figures lie and liars figure. Yet another contrived but allegedly invaluable survey about some unequal comparisons. Just to throw it off, they include a real figure too. Everyone knows that there really are leprechauns, with pots of gold hidden at the ends of certain rainbows. How is that fair?

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Santa Mike Liquori

We all think that rabbits are the ones that multiplies.  Maybe its because the Santas are multiplying so much now that you see them everywhere and all year long.  However, the Easter Bunny just comes out once a year and that makes him more special.  Just a thought.....

I think there are alot of Santas here who just dont get it. The image of Santa IS being hurt. Why cant you see this. These 24/7/365 Santas are de-Santatizing our country. I dont know whats happening in other parts of the world. But its time to stop pounding our chests that I AM Santa every where you go. If you in a restaurant or at a sporting event or whatever and a child comes up to you and asks the question, are you Santa? Must your answer be YES. Would it hurt the child to say I'm sorry no i'm not. Let the magic live with in that child. Let them look forward to Christmas time, The only time they will have a CHANCE to see Santa. Its ok for some children to NOT see Santa every year during the season. That child believes he exists, The magic is when that child wakes up Christmas morning and finds those gifts under the tree. They believe Santa was here. They dont have to see him ALL the time. When I was a child the thought of the Christmas season coming and the CHANE to see Santa was something very special. I was excited about the thought. A fellow Santa here once told me "Less Is More". Thats true in a lot of ways. You know what, I believe that. When the market is saturated with Santas all year, its just not a special event any longer. Its no wonder the Easter Bunny has Surpassed Santa

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Santa Mike Liquori

This is an email that was received to a Santa/Christmas website. I think it pretty much says it all..

 

Dear Santa,

We returned recently from a little family vacation.

We took a ferry out of Vancouver for a sight seeing tour and shared our boat with several friendly and jolly Santas. I cannot remember where they said they were from. There were seven or eight men dressed in red, white beard and all, and every one of them called themselves Santa.

If I had been alone with my husband this would not have been an issue. But our kids, my son who is 7 and my daughter who is 4, were with us.

All the Santas were very kind.

But why did they have to all be Santa while on vacation?

Why did they have to dress as Santa at all?

It isn’t Christmas time. And they were not part of a Christmas event that we could see.

I have nothing but questions now from my kids.

I really don’t appreciate it.

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Santa Johnny Boy

I guess you can find a poll that will give you the desired result for just about anything theses days. It kind of opens up a whole new series of Poll-ish jokes.

 

 

I think we have enough self confidence not to let this rock our boat. Surveys are similar to middle-school lunch tables, it depends who you contact, when, and how are the questions presented. Like middle-school students, surveys are very fickle and a great way to spin information.

 I agree with both of these replies - If you take a poll,  right before Easter,  and ask children who you like better you know what the answer is going to be!

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Elf Hermey

No, it’s not an April fool — it is a poll a […]

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Chris Capstone

None so blind as those who will not see.

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Santa Rick of Memphis

It's just the season. Wait until November and ask the same children. Then they will pick Santa. They know how to answer questions! LOL

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Chatham Santa

Blasphemy!!!

 

Seriously, though, what do you expect when you take a poll right before Easter?  Had they taken it in February or March maybe Cupid or a leprechaun would have taken first place!!!

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Santa TJS

If old Elmer Fudd had been doing his job better Santa would not have a problem with that silly Rabbit,LOL

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Chatham Santa

Blasphemy!!!

 

     Seriously, though, what do you expect when you take a poll right before Easter???  Had they taken it in February or March maybe Cupid or a leprechaun would have taken first place???

 

     I have to agree with Tim Cavender and Santa Mike Liquori.  Maybe it is the over-saturation of Santas all year 'round that have kinda-sorta desensitized people to the uniqueness of Santa Claus. 

     There was a thread about year-round Santas a while back where one comment included a story about a child breaking away from her mother to run across the street to see Santa in off-season.  While crossing the street, she got hit by a car.  Whether the story is true or not, it makes you think--it did me!!!  Since reading it, I've stopped wearing red shirts, etc., unless it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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KKringle

I don't believe the Easter Bunny would draw nearly as many people to Downtown Waterville as Santa does.  I have written a story bout the Easter Bunny though as Told by Santa Claus. Keeping with the true meaning of the Holiday, In my story, the Easter Bunny is far older than Santa. He was there for the first Easter.  

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Chris Capstone

The poll was taken by a reputable consumer research firm. The sample was large and diverse. The article does not state when the poll was actually taken, although I assume (as most of you) that it was shortly before the publication of results.

 

It amazes me how many people are making statements like "polls can't be trusted" etc.  Do you really think major corporations spend millions of dollars on this type of consumer research if it is unreliable? Don't confuse public polling firms like Gallup and Pew or consumer research firms E-Score with the polling firms you see during political campaigns. Even those have their internal polling which they keep private and is sometimes different from what they put out for public consumption.

 

I'm not saying the sky is falling, but the results, even if taken shortly before Easter are surprising. Of course that makes for good copy as well. The truth lies somewhere in middle of "The sky is falling!" and "This is hogwash!"

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Debra Ann

Awe, let the Easter Bunny shine, he won the poll !!

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