It's a great question! Disappointingly, I think the answer to (2) is **No** :

The only restriction on a `good' division into "symmetric" vs. "symplectic" conjugacy classes that I can see is that it should be intrinsic, depending only on $G$ and the class up to isomorphism. (You don't just want to split the self-dual classes randomly, right?) This means that the division must be preserved by all outer automorphisms of $G$, and this is what I'll use to construct a counterexample. Let me know if I got this wrong.

**The group**

My $G$ is $C_{11}\rtimes (C_4\times C_2\times C_2)$, with $C_2\times C_2\times C_2$ acting trivially on $C_{11}=\langle x\rangle$, and the generator of $C_4$ acting by $x\mapsto x^{-1}$. In Magma, this is G:=SmallGroup(176,35), and it has a huge group of outer automorphisms $C_5\times((C_2\times C_2\times C_2)\rtimes S_4)$, Magma's OuterFPGroup(AutomorphismGroup(G)). The reason for $C_5$ is that $x$ is only conjugate to $x,x^{-1}$ in $C_{11}\triangleleft G$, but there there are 5 pairs of possible generators like that in $C_{11}$, indistinguishable from each other; the other factor of $Out\ G$ is $Aut(C_2\times C_2\times C_4)$, all of these guys commute with the action.

**The representations**

The group has 28 orthogonal, 20 symplectic and 8 non-self-dual representations, according to Magma.

**The conjugacy classes**

There are 1+7+8+5+35=56 conjugacy classes, of elements of order 1,2,4,11,22 respectively. The elements of order 4 are (clearly) not conjugate to their inverses, so these 8 classes account for the 8 non-self-dual representations. We are interested in splitting the other 48 classes into two groups, 28 'orthogonal' and 20 'symplectic'.

**The catch**

The problem is that the way $Out\ G$ acts on the 35 classes of elements of order 22, it has two orbits according to Magma - one with 30 classes and one with 5. (I think I can see that these numbers must be multiples of 5 without Magma's help, but I don't see the full splitting at the moment; I can insert the Magma code if you guys want it.) Anyway, if I am correct, these 30 classes are indistinguishable from one another, so they must all be either 'orthogonal' or 'symplectic'. So a canonical splitting into 28 and 20 cannot exist.

**Edit**: However, as Jack Schmidt points out (see comment below), it *is* possible to predict the number of symplectic representations for this group!

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