November 29, 2010 / 6:00 PM / 8 years ago

Americans love the Beatles, hate slow drivers: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Beatles rank as the No. 1 defunct act Americans would most like to see in concert, according to survey results released on Monday.

Music from the legendary band The Beatles is seen on Apple's itunes music store website seen on an imac computer in New York, November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The late Michael Jackson ranked second, followed by Frank Sinatra and Mozart, said the poll of Americans’ attitudes and interests conducted for Vanity Fair and CBS Television’s “60 Minutes.”

The Beatles topped those polled with 22 percent, Jackson scored 20 percent, Sinatra got 18 percent and Mozart got 14 percent.

A quarter of the people polled said they think their life is interesting enough to be given a reality show, while three-quarters of respondents did not think so.

Asked who they would like to raise their children if something were to happen to them, 44 percent chose “some nice couple from Iowa” over various actor and celebrity couples.

One-quarter chose Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, 7 percent chose Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, 6 percent chose Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and 3 percent chose Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Driving slowly in the fast lane was the behavior 33 percent said they find most annoying, followed by cell phone conversations in restaurants and spitting in public.

Also, 71 percent said they express the sentiment of the season by saying “Merry Christmas,” while 23 percent say “Happy Holidays” and 4 percent say “Bah! Humbug!,” said the poll that can be found on and It will be in the January issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands December 2.

Google and Yahoo were cited as the organizations people worry most about having their personal information. While 33 percent listed the online sites, 14 percent said they were more concerned about the U.S. government having information and 13 percent cited banks and credit agencies.

But another 33 percent said they “don’t worry much about” who has their personal information.

Asked what U.S. landmark they would most like to see sold to a foreign country, 26 percent said the Hollywood sign, 18 percent said Elvis Presley’s Graceland, 14 percent said Washington, D.C. and 12 percent said Disney World.

The poll was conducted by telephone by the CBS News Election and Survey Unit among a random sample of 1,137 adults nationwide from November 7 to November 10. The telephone numbers included both land-line and cellular phones. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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