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​Eight Percent Of Americans Think They Could Beat A Lion In An Unarmed Fight

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​Eight Percent Of Americans Think They Could Beat A Lion In An Unarmed Fight

Eight percent of Americans think they could beat a lion in a fight - unarmed - according to a new survey.

The study, which comes from YouGov America, pitted 34 animals (including humans) against each other to see which people think is the mightiest.

A total of 1,224 US adults were included in the research, which took place last month between 12 and 13 April.

The elephant came out on top in the survey. Credit: PA
The elephant came out on top in the survey. Credit: PA

Respondents were asked to choose which of two animals they thought would win in a fight, having been shown a 'series of head to head match-ups'.

YouGov explains: "We showed people seven random pairings of animals from the list and asked them which of the two they thought would win in a fight.

"Animals are ranked by their 'win percentage', that is, how often Americans thought that animal would win in a head-to-head matchup when it was one of the two animals shown."


Lions came out fairly well in the study, with a 68 percent win percentage - just behind hippos (69 percent), tigers (70 percent), grizzly bears (73 percent), rhinoceroses (74 percent) and the overall winners, elephants (74 percent).

Credit: YouGov
Credit: YouGov

But despite their relatively high rating, a total of eight percent of Americans felt they could take on a lion and win.

Sure, that's a small percentage of the general population, but still much higher than many of us probably would have expected.


The same percentage also felt they could beat a gorilla or elephant in a fight, while six percent thought they could tackle a grizzly bear.

YouGov continued: "There is effectively no gender difference when it comes to this top tier of opponents - men and women are about as (un)likely to think they could beat grizzlies, lions, gorillas and crocodiles in combat.

Credit: YouGov
Credit: YouGov

"The differences start to emerge with wolves and kangaroos, which 16-17% of men think they could beat compared to 9-11% of women.


"One in five men think they could beat a chimpanzee (22%) or king cobra (23%) in a fight, while only 8-12% of women feel the same way.

"The gap is biggest when it comes to medium sized dogs (which 60% of men but only 39% of women think they could beat) and geese (71% vs 51%)."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Study, News, Animals, Lions

Jess Hardiman
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