A recent survey found that more people would want to be neighbors with President Barack Obama and his family than any other celebrity. The Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey found that 14% of U.S. adults would prefer to live next to the Obamas.
Other celebrities that were voted as desirable neighbors were Sarah Palin (chosen by 12% of those polled), talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia DeRossi (12%), singer Taylor Swift (9%), and Oprah Winfrey (7%). Interestingly, Palin was voted as the worst neighbor by 11% of those polled.
The third annual survey polled 2,000 people and found that 17% said "Octomom" Nadya Suleman would be the worst neighbor, followed by Jon and Kate Gosselin (16%). Other people who ranked highly for being bad neighbors were Richard and Mayumi Heene, parents of the "Balloon Boy" involved in a media hoax last year, and rapper Kanye West.
"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," Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow.com vice president of communications, said in a statement. "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."
Of course you can't always choose your neighbors, and many people have been shocked and dismayed upon meeting the people who live next door or across the street.
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Do you agree with this poll? Which celebrity would you most want to have as a next door neighbor?