Movember and SurveyMonkey Determine the Most Iconic Mo

Tom Selleck's Moustache wins multiple titles in first-ever State of the Mo Survey

Nov 13, 2012, 09:00 ET from SurveyMonkey

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporting this month's annual Movember effort to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer, SurveyMonkey is supporting the cause, by publishing the first in-depth look at the State of the Mo – a national survey on all things Mo.

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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 to women? Movember and SurveyMonkey asked the nation these important questions – here are the answers.

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 (29%). Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin took second place (16%), followed by Burt "The Bristle" Reynolds (13%). The next three contenders were Salvador Dali (10%), Hulk Hogan (10%) and Alex Trebek (3%).

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 this week, 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.

Surprisingly, the public wants to see a few women sport a moustache. Lady Gaga and Britney Spears made the Mo wish list. 

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.

Psychology of the Mo – Difference between the Sexes

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.

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 it's ok to have a funny or serious moustache.

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.  Register at and get growing!

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SOURCE SurveyMonkey