30% of all Republicans say that the United States should bomb Agrabah, without realizing that it’s actually the imaginary land of Disney’s Aladdin.
This was one of the most quirky results revealed on Friday by a study carried out by Public Policy Polling, a research company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Poll creators tweeted this tidbit on Friday, December 18, and soon afterwards Agrabah turned into one of the main trending topics on the popular microblogging platform.
While the decision to bomb this fictional city was fully embraced by almost a third of all those would vote for the Republicans during the primary elections, being rejected by just around 13% of them, it was much less frequently encountered among Democratic Party sympathizers.
Overall, just around 19% of them agreed with the statement that Agrabah should be attacked and subjugated by Americans, while 36% were against this measure, which seems to indicate that GOP voters are much more likely to support military operations in any region sounding even remotely Middle-Eastern.
The Paris terrorist attacks which rocked the French capital on November 13, alongside the mass shooting which took place in San Bernardino, California on December 2 have brought back into the spotlight all the devastation that supporters of ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) can bring into the world.
Islamophobia has soared across the United States in recent weeks, some individuals identifying all Muslims as potential state enemies.
Even this poll has shown that 28% of all GOP supporters want mosques to be closed, while 26% believe Islam should be forbidden by law.
In fact, Donald Trump, who is the Republican Party’s presidential frontrunner has even been calling for all people of this religion to be banned from crossing into the country.
Therefore, it’s not entirely surprising that as many as 41% of all of Trump’s backers declared that Americans should definitely bomb Agrabah, possibly believing that this region actually exists, and is teeming with Muslim terrorists.
As prior research has determined, just around 19% of Republican college grads claim they will be offering their vote to Trump, whereas among those with fewer academic qualifications the percentage is much higher, at around 40%.
While some educated people may also show disinterest towards politics, or not be extremely knowledgeable regarding current affairs, overall they are more likely to be informed or to remain unswayed by propaganda or by xenophobic discourse.
It’s not the first time that polls have revealed that people would rather make ludicrous statements than admit their unfamiliarity with various topics.
Just like respondents in this recent survey were eager to fight an imaginary country, in another study conducted by researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, around 80% of all the respondents expressed their agreement that warnings should be placed on food products containing DNA.
While these findings showing the depths of human ignorance stem from polls conducted this year, such cases have been reported for decades, back in 1947 survey makers duping people by asking about the imaginary Metallic Metal Act.
A staggering proportion of 70% of all the participants actually issued an opinion about that alleged law, most of them hailing its advantages and future benefits.
Another fictitious law called the 1975 Public Affairs Act also generated strong reactions, Republicans being much more strongly opposed to the idea that this legislation should be repealed, after being told president Obama had been in favor of this abrogation.
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