Kanto (Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise)
Johto (Totodile, Croconaw, Feraligatr)
Hoenn (Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert)
Sinnoh (Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon)
Unova (Oshawott, Dewott, Samurott)
I'm torn between Squirtle and Totodile. On the one hand, Totodile was my first Pokemon. On the other, Squirtle has been amazing for me in Platinum. I really think it's a draw.
I like Piplup too (just not as much) but I'm just now beginning to tolerate Mudkip (it's still my second least favorite starter, after Chimchar).
SoulSilver FC: 1334-2716-6164
Platinum FC: 1591-7683-8872
You really ought to refine your question. Because your polls are reflecting the FAVORITE water starter. Not which one is the best.
Which one is the best isn't something that's an opinion anyhow. Swampert is clearly the best, given its awesome ability to tank, followed by Empoleon who is a surprisingly devastating sweeper given its awesome defensive typing. And Feraligatr is the third best, as it's basically a toned-down Gyarados without the 4x elec weakness.
Blastoise is just inferior, sadly. It doesn't do anything particularly well, and anything it can do, a lot of things can do the same thing better.
besides, not everyone cares about stats (if that's what the person Nya was replying to was basing their 'best' on) so even if one's got higher stats than another, it doesn't necessarily make it the best. you could be judging on looks, too. even in competitive battling, there's a ton of other variables, and the best in one situation won't be the best in another.
I like Penguins better than Turtles, Alligators, and Amphibians. This is why I like the 4th gen line better :3