A Lot of Americans Support Bombing the Fictional Country from Aladdin

Dec 18, 2015

A new poll found that many Americans—including 30% of Republican primary voters—say they would bomb the fictional country from Disney's Aladdin, but the poll should be trusted about as much as the movie's villainous vizier Jafar.

The poll came from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, which likes to troll reporters and social media with humorously worded survey questions. A previous canvass compared the favorability of Vladimir Putin, the Republican-controlled Congress and dog poop, for example).

The question was fairly straightforward: "Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?" (Agrabah is, of course, not a real country.)

But it came after a long series of questions about things that have actually been in the news, such as criminal background checks of gun buyers, barring Muslims from entering the U.S. and raising the federal minimum wage.

The firm asked Democratic primary voters too, and they opposed bombing Agrabah by 36%, though 19% supported the proposal.

A release on the automated survey of 532 Republican primary voters did not include a margin of error. Based on its own tweets, the firm doesn't take the poll too seriously:

Though conservative commentator Bill Kristol did, tongue-in-cheek:

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