Obamas in, reality stars out in desirable neighbors poll

LOS ANGELES Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:22am EST

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two children, Sasha and Malia, arrive for their vacation aboard Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 24, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two children, Sasha and Malia, arrive for their vacation aboard Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 24, 2009.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Americans would most like to live next door to the Obama family. But a reality star like California's "Octomom", or Jon and Kate Gosselin and their brood of eight would be a big turn off, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, came top of a poll that asked Americans who would be their most desirable celebrity neighbor.

The U.S. first family were followed by TV chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi, who tied with Republican Sarah Palin, in the poll by online real estate marketplace Zillow.com.

But, as in life, families with large broods were deemed the worst likely neighbors.

Nadya Suleman, the California single mom who this year added octuplets to her existing brood of six children, topped the worst celebrity neighbor poll with 17 percent of votes.

Suleman, dubbed "Octomom" by the U.S. media, was followed by recently divorced reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight kids.

In a reflection of her tendency to polarize Americans, Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential contender who has five children, also came third in the worst neighbors list with 11 percent of votes.

"Americans have made it clear that they think politicians and talk show hosts make the best neighbors," said Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow.com vice president of communications.

"Apparently Americans are opposed to living next door to a brood of young children, particularly those that come with a television crew and paparazzi," she added.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

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