So, this all started when Chris Brooke decided he wanted to know which side of the ‘cat person/dog person’ the Labour leader candidates fell on:
Is it at all clear whether the various candidates for the Labour Party leadership are cat people or dog people? #theissuesthatmatter
— Chris Brooke (@chrisbrooke) June 10, 2015
He then tweeted all five Labour candidates to find out their position on this, but is yet to get an answer.
Deciding that this was an issue that had importance across parties, I decided to ask our candidates their stance on this:
— Nick Barlow (@nickjbarlow) June 10, 2015
And answers came back very quickly:
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) June 10, 2015
— Norman Lamb (@normanlamb) June 10, 2015
(Sympathy to Norman, as I know how sad it is when a cat dies)
But there we have it – very quick answers from our candidates, while Chris is still waiting for the Labour ones to respond. Speculation about hastily convened focus groups attempting to work out which pet is more aspirational is probably not misplaced.
However, the last word should go to YouGov, whose profiler (thanks to Matt Sanders for the link) tells us that people who like Norman Lamb are more likely to be cat people, while those who like Tim Farron are more likely to have a dog. For once, it seems polling may have accurately captured public opinion.