CBS News poll: Who is America's favorite Beatle?

The Beatles on their first tour of the United States, arriving in New York City on Feb. 7, 1964. AP Photo

Fifty years after The Beatles landed on U.S. soil and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Beatlemania appears to be alive and well in America.

According to a CBS News poll, 75 percent of Americans say they like the Beatles (at least a little), including almost four in 10 who like them a lot. Only 15 percent of Americans say they dislike the Fab Four.

Those between the ages of 55 and 64, who would have been teenagers in the first years of the British invasion, are especially fond of The Beatles -- nine out of 10.

And who is America's favorite Beatle?  Paul McCartney ranked highest, at 35 percent; following by John Lennon (29%), Ringo Starr (11%), and George Harrison (8%). However, there is a gender gap: men favored John, while women preferred Paul.

CBS News Poll: The Beatles, February 2014 (pdf)

This poll was conducted by telephone from January 15-19, 2014 among 1,008 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa.


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