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Bomb fictional city from ‘Aladdin’? Raleigh pollsters find support

Some voters said they’d support bombing this fictional city from the Disney movie “Aladdin.”
Some voters said they’d support bombing this fictional city from the Disney movie “Aladdin.” COURTESY OF DISNEY

Raleigh firm Public Policy Polling threw a curveball question in its latest voter survey: Would voters favor bombing Agrabah?

Sure, it sounds like it could be the name of an Islamic State stronghold in Syria. But Agrabah is not a real place at all: It’s the name of the fictional kingdom in the Disney movie “Aladdin.”

Apparently a lot of the people polled haven’t watched the movie lately, so 30 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they’d support bombing Agrabah. About 13 percent said they’d oppose such a bombing, and 57 percent weren’t sure.

The poll results, tucked into the end of a routine survey of Republican presidential candidates, immediately drew ridicule on social media.

PPP, which is a liberal-leaning polling firm, also heard from critics who said pollsters targeted the question at Republican voters to make them look stupid. Some questioned why Democratic voters didn’t get the same question, prompting the firm to release more results.

PPP is gaining a reputation for quirky polling questions. A few months back, the firm measured support for “Deez Nuts,” a fake presidential candidate.

At least one Twitter user noticed the trend and gave the firm a new name: Public Policy Trolling.

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