ALMOST one-third of Republican primary voters are in favour of bombing Agrabah, the fictional homeland of Disney’s Aladdin, according to new research.
The poll released on Friday December 18 by Public Policy Polling, is unsurprising to US election observers who will have seen the American electorate repeatedly embarrass themselves.
However, given the global power and influence of the US the results will be concerning for those who are already troubled by the rise of populist candidates such as Donald Trump, and the impact it may have on foreign policy.
In its poll, Public Policy Polling asked 532 Republicans: “Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?” 57 per cent of respondents said they were unsure, 30 per cent said they supported bombing it, while 13 per cent opposed it.
Among Democratic primary voters a slightly less absurd 19 per cent said they would support bombing Agrabah, while 36 per cent said they would oppose it.
The polling is a useful insight into how media and political leadership has affected primary voters, who will soon select their party’s nomination for president.
About 54% of those polled support banning Muslims from entering the United States and 46% support the creation of a national database of Muslims in the United States.
The questions reflected recent statements from former television personality Trump who has claimed that thousands of New Jersey Arabs cheered with the 9/11 attacks.
According to the pollsters “Trump is at 45% with Republicans who want to bomb Aladdin and only 22% with ones who don’t want to bomb Aladdin.”