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Would you rather be rich or thin?

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Friday, September 10, 2010
Posted: 12 pm ET

Of these choices -- richer, thinner, smarter or younger -- which would you want to be?

If you chose richer, you're with the majority of respondents (43 percent) of a Harris Interactive Poll of more than 2,000 adults in the U.S.

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Last week I blogged about a different survey, in which people say they believe money buys happiness, so it seems to make sense most people would want more of it.

The next largest group in the Harris poll -- 21 percent -- said they would like to be thinner, 14 percent said smarter, and 12 percent said younger (the only really unattainable goal until someone finds the fountain of youth).

There were age and gender variations, of course. Of those in the 35-44 age group, 53 percent said they want to be richer, compared to 34 percent of adults age 55 and older. And more adults with children at home -- 48 percent -- said they want to be richer, compared to 41 percent who don't have children at home. Finally, more men (46 percent) than women (41 percent) professed a desire to be richer.

The second-most popular response, the desire to be thinner, might work hand-in-hand with becoming richer. Some experts believe that losing weight will help you save money.

If you were given the four choices in the poll, which would you vote for, and are you taking any steps to get there?

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September 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

I'd be younger only if I could be smarter. I'd be smarter first, because then it would be easier to be richer and thinner. 😉

September 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Is it cheating to say both? ;-D If I have to choose, I'll take rich because at this point in my life I'm eating dessert first!