Survey asks viewers if Bravo should give “train wreck characters” Salahis their own show

NBC Universal is surveying people online about the White House party crashers and Real Housewives of DC cast members Michaele and Tareq Salahi, and asking, among other things, if they’re people we’d “love to hate,” and if we’d hate a network (presumably Bravo) for giving them their own series.

Broadcasting & Cable reports that “NBCU’s online survey questions, designed to gauge consumer perceptions of the couple” starts with a question about balloon boy parents Mayumi and Richard Heene, and includes questions like these: “What are the first words that pop into your head when you think of the White House Gate Crashers story?” and “How did you feel about the amount and type of coverage the White House Gate Crashers story has received?”

The survey asks respondents to say whether they agree with these statements, and the last one in this list suggests they may move beyond The Real Housewives before ever appearing on an episode:

Featuring this couple on a reality show would be rewarding their actions.

If they are on a reality show, I hope no one watches.

They would make great “love to hate” characters on a reality show.

They are train wreck characters who I would love to see more of.

Michaele Salahi is great eye candy.

If a network gave them their own reality show, it would negatively influence my opinion of that network.

The Salahis: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em? NBCU Online Poll Takes Consumers’ Temperature [Broadcasting & Cable]

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