Republicans Like Dogs More Than Democrats, Poll Indicates, as Donald Trump Breaks Presidential Dog Tradition

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A pet bulldog is decked out in campaign stickers during a Trump rally at the Bank of Colorado Arena on the campus of University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, on October 30, 2016. Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images

Lots of Americans love dogs. But it seems Republicans might be more fond of pups than Democrats.

A new poll from YouGov/The Economist this week asked Americans about their pets, including the question: "Do you own any of the following pets?" Respondents could choose among dog, cat, bird, fish, other or none of the above.

A majority of Republicans, 51 percent, said they owned a dog. Just 38 percent of Democrats said they owned a dog. Republicans were more likely to own a cat as well. Thirty-five percent of GOP respondents said they owned a cat, while 32 percent of Democrats said the same, according to the YouGov/The Economist survey.

Overall, 40 percent of Americans reported owning a dog in the poll, while 32 percent owning a cat. Four percent owned a bird and 7 percent owned a fish.

The poll from YouGov/The Economist surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults from November 18 through November 20. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

While Republicans might love dogs, President Donald Trump reportedly is not a fan of pups. As Newsweek's Jessica Kwong wrote over the summer, the president has a habit of using "dog" as an insult for people he doesn't like. For instance, when former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman had a tell-all book come out, Trump tweeted: "When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

Trump is the first president in recent memory to not have a dog in the White House. His ex-wife, Ivana, once wrote that he wasn't a fan of a pup they had together.

"Donald was not a dog fan," she wrote in her book, Raising Trump. But Ivana apparently told the future-president she wouldn't stick around if she couldn't have her dog.

"It's me and Chappy or no one!" she told her husband, according to the book.