Oscar host: Crystal or Murphy?

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Oscar host: Crystal or Murphy?

When Eddie Murphy quit last week as the supposed host of the 2012 telecast of the Academy Awards, he was quickly replaced by Billy Crystal, who’s hosted the Oscars eight times.

Who would you prefer as the host of the Oscars’ telecast – Crystal or Murphy?

When we put that question to the American people, the response differed based on race, age, and political affiliation.

Overall, Americans preferred Crystal over Murphy 37%-27%, with 30% saying it makes no difference, and 6% not expressing an opinion.

Democrats favored Murphy over Crystal 41%-34%, Republicans backed Crystal over Murphy 43%-18%, and independents favored Crystal 35%-19%.

Among age groups, 18-29 year olds favored Murphy 45%-29%, while 45-64 year olds preferred Crystal 44%-20%, and 65+ year olds backed Crystal 42%-15%.

Blacks prefer Murphy 40%-22%, while whites prefer Crystal 43%-22%.  Hispanics prefer Murphy 41%-20%.

Our scientific telephone survey of 1,200 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 13, 2011 and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.  Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position crosstabs – Oscar host Crystal or Murphy.

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