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Obama Family Voted Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbor for 2010

'Octomom' Named Worst Neighbor; Americans Unsure if Tiger Woods Would Make a Good Neighbor, According to Annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey

Dec 29, 2009





SEATTLE, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. adults would most like to be neighbors with the Obama family, according to the third annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey(i). "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was named the least desirable neighbor of 2009. The survey asked more than 2,000 U.S. adults which celebrity they would most like to have as their neighbor, and who they wouldn't want to share a fence with.




In 2010 more adults would like to be neighbors with the Obamas (14 percent) than second-place Sarah Palin (12 percent) and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi (12 percent). Country music superstar Taylor Swift ranked third with 9 percent of the vote, followed by Oprah (7 percent) and football legend Tom Brady and his model wife Gisele Bundchen (3 percent).


According to adults surveyed, not all celebrities would make good neighbors. Seventeen percent of adults named Nadya Suleman (i.e., Octomom) the worst neighbor of 2009, followed closely by Jon and Kate Gosselin (16 percent).


In light of recent news, adults appear to be indecisive about whether or not professional golfer Tiger Woods would make a good neighbor. Three percent of adults found him to be a desirable neighbor for 2010, while only slightly more (4 percent) thought he was the worst neighbor of 2009. The same confusion surrounds Sarah Palin, who last year was ranked at the top of the desirable neighbor list. While 12 percent thought Palin to be a desirable neighbor for 2010, 11 percent voted her as the worst neighbor of 2009 - ranking her simultaneously near the top of both the "best" and "worst" lists this year.


"For two years in a row now, Americans have made it clear that they think politicians and talk show hosts make the best neighbors. If nothing else, there will be plenty to talk about at the summer barbecue," said Amy Bohutinsky, vice president of communications. "Meanwhile, this year we noticed a trend on the worst-neighbor side; apparently Americans are opposed to living next door to a brood of young children, particularly those that come with a television crew and paparazzi."


Two controversial couples famous for capitalizing on media attention also made the worst list. One in ten (11 percent) did not want to live next to Richard and Mayumi Heene, parents of the infamous Balloon Boy in 2009. Reality TV stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt received 8 percent of the vote. Britney Spears, voted number one worst neighbor of 2008 (19 percent), received only 7 percent of the vote in 2009, ranking seventh on the "worst" list.






    Most Desirable Neighbors for 2010      Worst Neighbors of 2009
    ---------------------------------      -----------------------
        Name                    Percent        Name                    Percent
        ----                    -------        ----                    -------
    The Obamas                     14      Nadya Suleman ( i.e., Octomom)   17
    ----------                     --      ------------------------------   --
    Ellen DeGeneres and
     Portia DeRossi                12      Jon and Kate Gosselin            16
    -------------------            --      ---------------------            --
    Sarah Palin                    12      Sarah Palin                      11
    -----------                    --      -----------                      --
    Taylor Swift                    9      Richard and Mayumi Heene
                                           (i.e., parents of balloon boy)   11
    ------------                   --      ------------------------------   --
    Oprah Winfrey                   7      Kanye West                        8
    -------------                  --      ----------                       --
    Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen   3      Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt    8
    -----------------------------  --      ------------------------------   --
    Tiger Woods                     3      Britney Spears                    7
    -----------                    --      --------------                   --
    Robert Pattinson                1      Tiger Woods                       4
    ----------------               --      -----------                      --



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(i) Harris Interactive® fielded the Celebrity Neighbors study on behalf of from December 15-17, 2009 via its QuickQuerySM online omnibus service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,257 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please email




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