Movember and SurveyMonkey Determine the Most Iconic Mo

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Supporting this month’s annual effort to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer, Movember and SurveyMonkey teamed up to profile the State of the ‘Stache – a national survey on all things ‘mo.

The survey set out to explore the current state and popularity of the moustache in America. Who has the best ‘mo of all time? What do people think about men who fancy facial follicles? Are they creepy or sexy? Movember and SurveyMonkey asked the nation these important questions and we’ll be sharing them over the course of the month of Mo.

Additionally, the MoBros and MoSistas of SurveyMonkey are putting their money where their Mo’s are and joining in on the fun. And we’ll need your help (via survey, of course) to crown our own King of Movember! Make sure to check back in for weekly growth updates.

So, first up, the Most Iconic Mo.

Tom Selleck’s moustache is most envied by men and women – the former Magnum P.I. star received the most votes for Most Iconic Mo in Moustache History. Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin took second place, followed by Burt “The Bristle” Reynolds, and Salvador Dali who surprisingly beat out Hulk Hogan and Alex Trebek, among others.

Famous Mo’s

Selleck also took top honors as the current famous person with the best Mo (19%), followed by Johnny Depp (4%). Former U.S. presidents made a strong showing as historic famous males with the best facial follicles, with Teddy Roosevelt taking first place (10%) followed by Abraham Lincoln (3%).

Public Figures/Pop Icons We Wished were Mo-ed

Not only did President Obama win a second term last night, he won as the public figure/icon  people would love to see sprout a handsome Movember Mo (16%).  Justin Bieber made the same “I want this famous person to have a mustache” list with 5% of the vote.

Mo Styles

The top style was the classic English (16%), a narrow divided moustache that begins at the middle of the upper lip, with long whiskers pulled to either side of the center. Second place? The Handlebar, a.k.a. the Rollie Fingers (14%). And coming in third was the Fu Manchu (10%).

Other notables include the Painter’s Brush (thanks, Gandhi), Pencil (here’s looking at you, Clark Gable), the Chevron (hello again, Tom Selleck) and the Walrus, a.k.a. the Wilford Brimley.

Why No Mo

The national survey also tracked reasons why men haven’t grown a Mo. The top reason? “I think I look funny.” Cited second was the inability to progress beyond a Five O’ Clock Shadow, a.k.a. The Obama. A few (6%) said they “aren’t allowed to grow one.” Sad. Especially because Movember is about raising awareness and funds for men’s health, so its ok to have a funny or serious moustache.

Psychology of the Mo

As far as attributes associated with the mustachioed, America thinks they are manly, distinguished, strong, cool and sexy. Creepy also came up, along with furry. There is however a difference in how men and women see Mo’s. Men think they are manly, distinguished and cool, while the top three attributes women associated with moustaches are manly, creepy and distinguished.

Thirty-six percent of all respondents are fine if their loved ones grow a Mo, however 43 percent prefer to reserve judgment based on what they may look like with one. Maybe those 43 percent are unaware that every Movember each moustache grown equals 2.413 conversations about men’s health?

Finally, when asked to describe Movember one respondent said “Cozy lip sweaters supporting worldwide manly causes. What could be better?” Indeed.

Stay tuned for ‘mo details over the course of the month! And check out the full set of survey results below:

Top Iconic

  1. Tom Selleck
  2. Charlie Chaplin
  3. Burt Reynolds
  4. Salvador Dali
  5. Hulk Hogan

Top Current

  1. Tom Selleck
  2. Burt Reynolds
  3. Johnny Depp
  4. Sam Elliot
  5. Brad Pitt

Top Historical

  1. Teddy Roosevelt
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Charlie Chaplin
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. Wyatt Earp

Top Pop/Political

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Mitt Romney
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Lady Gaga
  5. Britney Spears

Top Characteristics

Men think they are

  1. Manly
  2. Distinguished
  3. Strong
  4. Cool
  5. Creepy

Women think they are

  1. Manly
  2. Creepy
  3. Distinguished
  4. Strong
  5. Furry

Top Reasons Why no Mo

  1. I think I look funny
  2. I can’t grow enough facial hair
  3. My loved ones think I look funny
  4. I’m not allowed to grow one because of my job
  5. Not a fan of ‘staches

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  • Cara

    Where these graphics created using survey monkey alone?

    • Kayte K

      Hi Cara, thanks for the question! All the data you see in these infographics are indeed from us but we can’t create/design infographics. Keep on reading, we’ll have more to share with you. Also, feel free to check us out on Pinterest for even more infographics if you’re a fan of ‘em as much as we are. :)