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Poll: Meet the 'perfect woman’

When it comes to the ideal woman, brains trump beauty for the majority of Americans.

By Kristin Wong Jul 31, 2013 4:20PM

Last month, "60 Minutes" and Vanity Fair asked Americans what traits make up the ideal man. This month, they sought to find “the perfect woman.”

Nikada/Getty ImagesMSN Living: Survey: Meet 'The Perfect Man'

The poll posed the question, “Which type of woman is more desirable?” A majority of respondents (55 percent) prefer a bold and experienced woman over a sweet and innocent woman.

When asked about a woman’s most important quality, four out of 10 Americans picked “being a good mother.” Intelligence was the second-most desired trait at 33 percent. A sense of humor ranked third, and only 1 percent of respondents said physical beauty was the most important quality.

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Other interesting findings:

  • When asked which TV character they’d most like to marry, 23 percent of American men said Penny from "The Big Bang Theory." (Last month, ladies picked McDreamy from "Grey's Anatomy" as the ideal husband.)
  • When asked, “which favorite movie would make the perfect woman no longer perfect?” one in four men said “Fatal Attraction” was a deal-breaker. Twenty-one percent chose "Twilight."
  • “Your ideal woman is least likely to . . .” Thirty-three percent of men said “smoke,” and 17 percent said “get plastic surgery.”

Read more about the "60 Minutes"/Vanity Fair poll here.

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Aug 9, 2013 7:09PM


                                                          = PERFECTION!

Aug 1, 2013 2:56PM
One who accepts the fact that once we come we're done with them.
Aug 1, 2013 12:30AM
I received an email with a link on it to this page.  It appears that someone, Mr. Todd Finkenbinder, thinks that I am all that and then some.    When you said that he is pretty close to the perfect man, you were wrong.  He IS the perfect man,  for me. He is always talking about the sparkle and glow in my eyes...what he doesn't yet realize is, that glow and sparkle is nothing other than a reflection of him.  I have been waiting a very long time for someone who could make me feel whole, beautiful and complete.  He has done that.  I am the lucky one. I thank God every day that he guided out paths to cross.  I cannot wait for the journey down that path to continue.  I love you  babe!
Jul 31, 2013 10:09PM
Peg Bundy (sweetly): "Al, what are you thinking?"
Al Bundy (annoyed): "If I wanted you to know, I'd be talking!"
Great stuff!

Jul 31, 2013 9:53PM

The perfect woman is the one that understands that "shut the hell up" really means "shut the hell up."


"Shut the hell up" is not a solicitation to discuss feelings.

It is not an opportunity for you to start jabbering about your mother.

It is not a subtle hint to talk about something else.

It really does in fact mean "shut the hell up."


Why this is confusing for most women is beyond me.


I honestly wonder what is wrong with women such that they are completely incapable of enjoying a moment of silence and must incesantly drone on and on and on about crap that nobody cares about or wants to listen to. And yes, when women can't figure out how to shut the hell up when asked to do so, "get the hell out of the car" really does mean "get the hell out of the car."

Jul 31, 2013 9:52PM
I stand corrected-  The Perfect Woman"  is rich, liquer stor owner nyphomaniac, 3 feet tall, no teeth, can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch, big ears, and a flat head to rest your beer on. Oh, And turns into a six pack and a pizza at midnight.  Poof!!!
Jul 31, 2013 9:51PM
A deaf and dumb nympho that owns a liquor store!!!!!!
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