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Who’s leading the polls… for favorite fictional professor?

January 07, 2016 by Brandman University

What fictional TV character do Americans say has their dream job? Sherlock Holmes, according to a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Brandman University.

In fact, seven out of ten Americans picked the sleuth created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and popularized in current TV show Sherlock.

The questions were asked as part of the first-annual New Year’s Resolution poll, which asked U.S. adults a variety of questions. In the survey, respondents were also asked what fictional teacher or professor they’d most like to see in a real classroom. The top pick was Professor Charles Xavier from the X-Men series.

What fictional TV character has your dream job?


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What fictional teacher or professor would you most like to have if you were returning to school?

Brandman University harris poll results
The survey results were announced live on “Good Morning Arizona” at 3-TV in Phoenix. You can view the segment below.

Statistics from survey: Top fictional character with dream job Sherlock Holmes (7 percent), Richard Castle (6 percent), Grace Adler (5 percent), Dr. Meredith Grey (4.5 percent), Dr. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory (4 percent), Carrie Matheson (3.5 percent), Monica Geller (3 percent), Bob Belcher (3  percent), Olivia Pope (2 percent), and Liz Lemon (2 percent). Top TV/movie teachers: Charles Xavier (12 percent), Professor Dumbledore (10 percent), Professor Keating (7.5 percent),  Mr. Miyagi (7 percent), Mr. Feeny (6 percent), Mr. Kotter (5 percent), Walter White (4 percent), Mr. Holland (4 percent), Ms. Vaughn (3 percent) and Will Schuster (2 percent). For more information about the survey methodology visit

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