DENVER, CO (October 23, 2012)

With the Presidential election coming down the home stretch, both candidates are hard at work debating issues like healthcare policy, unemployment and economic stimulus programs to secure votes.  Rather than focusing on the issues that divide us, Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing better burger restaurant, asks a basic question that unites us all – which Presidential candidate would Americans most want to have a hamburger with?

An online survey of 2,094 ages 18 and older, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Smashburger, found that nearly three in five, or 59 percent, of U.S. adults would most like to have a hamburger with President Barack Obama, while two in five, or 41 percent, want to grab a burger with Governor Mitt Romney.

“As both campaigns continue to sizzle, we thought it would be fun to survey Americans to find out which Presidential candidate they would most like to have a hamburger with,” said David Prokupek, chairman and CEO of Smashburger. “But, like rest of the nation, we will have to wait until November for the final results. We wish both candidates the best.”

Of the 59% of U.S. adults who would most like to have a hamburger with Presidential candidate President Barack Obama, 64 percent hail from the Midwest, 55 percent from the South, 61 percent from the Northeast and 59 percent from the West.  Younger adults chose President Obama over their older counterparts, 64 percent of 18-34 vs. 54 percent of those 55+.  Additionally, 66 percent of women 18-34 and 45-54, respectively, would most want to have a hamburger with President Obama over 51 percent of women age 55+.

Of the 41 percent of U.S. adults who would most like to have a hamburger with Presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney, 36 percent are from the Midwest, 45 percent from the South, 39 percent from the Northeast and 41 percent from the West.  46 percent of older adults 55+ selected Presidential candidate Governor Romney over 36 percent of  younger adults 18-34.  Similarly, 49 percent of women 55+ most want to have a hamburger with Presidential candidate Governor Romney over 34 percent of women 18-34 and 45-54, respectively. 

The survey also uncovered which former U.S. Presidents Americans would most want to have a hamburger with – Bill Clinton, 22 percent, followed by Abraham Lincoln, 15 percent, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, 14 percent, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, five percent, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, four percent.

About Smashburger

Smashburger is America’s fastest growing, fast casual “better burger” restaurant with 200 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 29 states and in four international countries.  The company began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that he and his father Richard own. By offering fresh, premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Haagen-Dazs shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers.  Known for localizing its menu in every market with regionally inspired burgers and side items and offering local craft beers, Smashburger has received numerous awards including topping Fast Casual’s 2012 Top Mover & Shakers list, America’s Most Promising Company by Forbes magazine, INC. 500’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies INC’s #9 Hire Power Award winner, and is regularly voted “best burger’ in cities all around the world.  To learn more, visit

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client’s research investment.  Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients – stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of BML Public Relations from October 11-15, 2012 among 2,094 adults ages 18 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 contact please contact Brian M. Lowe or Laurie Pepitone at BML Public Relations at 973-337-6395.

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