8 Percent of Men Believe They Can Beat a Lion in a Fist Fight, According to New Survey

It’s thought that confidence is an attractive and important trait for a man to have. The way one carries themselves, acts, talks and engages with others; whether you’re going for that job promotion, meeting someone for the first time or trying not to get fleeced when you take your car in for a service, confidence matters. Or pretending to be confident, at least.

But there’s a fine line between having belief in your own capabilities and being downright deluded.

Believing you can make a great lasagne: confident. That you could win Love Island: confident. Tyson Fury believing there’s no man born from his mother who can beat him in a fight: borderline. That you could beat a lion in a fight? Deluded. Absolutely deluded. Yet, according to a new survey, 10 percent of you believe you could do just that.

The YouGov survey put 34 different animals, along with humans, against one another in a series of random match-ups, with 1,224 US adults then asked who they thought would win in each content.

Unsurprisingly, the elephant came out on top with a win-rate of 74 percent. But things started to get interesting when people were asked to rate their own chances against each animal.

According to the survey, eight percent of men and seven percent of women believe they could beat a lion in a fistfight. When matched up against an elephant or gorilla, that stat rises to nine percent and eight percent respectively. Up against a dog—no sweat. 60 percent of you would have no trouble putting them to sleep with a solid right hook. What about a goose? No problem. 71 percent of the men surveyed claim they would stick them on their back, too.

That said, for everyone’s sake—humans and animals both—let’s just hope none of these “brave” men and women ever need to prove it.

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