This One 'Aladdin'-Inspired Poll Question Proves Islamophobia Is Too Prominent In The U.S. Right Now
A new poll by Public Policy Polling found that 30 percent of Republicans are in favor of bombing Agrabah, a fictional city in Aladdin, according to Mashable. Yep, if Republicnas had the chance, they'd take out the home of Aladdin, the Genie, Jasmine, and Jasmine's tiger and also the perfect place to go on romantic magic carpet rides. The question wasn't even worded in a way that made Agrabah sound like a place that ought to be bombed (and that's assuming there are such places).
Ever since 9/11, there's been anti-Muslim sentiments among many Americans and those sentiments have only spread since the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks. Think Progress reported that, since the attacks, there have been 42 violent attacks, threats, assaults, protests, and acts of vandalism against Muslims in the U.S. Further, an entire county of schools in Virginia shut down Friday after a teacher in a world geography class assigned the students an assignment on Islam. It seems safe to say that anti-Muslim sentiment is hitting a high point.
The question about bombing Agrabah simply said, "Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?" with answers, "support bombing Agrabah," "oppose bombing Agrabah," and "Not sure," according to the poll. Maybe it should be reassuring that 54 percent were "Not sure"? No. No, it's not.
Of the 532 Republican primary voters polled between Dec. 16 and 17, 30 percent said they supported bombing the fictional city while 13 percent said they oppose it.
Though the Agrabah question is pretty entertaining, the rest of the questions revealed serious problems. Another question found that 54 percent of Republicans polled supported banning Muslims from the U.S. and 46 percent of those polled said they supported a national database of Muslims in the U.S.
Still, those weren't the worst numbers. A shocking 26 percent of those polled — more than a quarter — said Islam should be illegal in the United States, according to the poll. And 28 percent supported shutting down mosques.
Public Policy Polling announced the embarrassing and worrying results this morning via Twitter.
30% of Republican primary voters nationally say they support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah is the country from Aladdin. #NotTheOnion— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 18, 2015
In typical Internet fashion, users were quick to respond. Some were stunned, while others had a sense of humor about it.
I am waiting for the poll which tells us 43% of Republicans want Darth Vader to be the next President and to declare an Empire #Agrabah— Chris Doyle (@Doylech) December 18, 2015
There will be no peace in Agrabah until the West realizes that Agrabahans need a strong secular leaders like Jafar. #IStandWithAgrabah— Arnessa (@Rrrrnessa) December 18, 2015
Democrats, aren't off the hook other. In a tweet, Public Policy Polling announced that Democrats were only slightly less in favor of bombing Aladdin's city, with 19 percent in favor. But to be fair, many voters on both parties weren't sure.
We asked the Agrabah question to Dem primary voters too. They oppose bombing 'it' 36/19, while GOP supports bombing 'it' 30/13— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 18, 2015
Clearly, the poll results shows anti-Muslim sentiment among Republicans needs to be taken more seriously. It's troubling, to say the least, to realize some voters are quick to support the bombing of a place they're not even sure exists just because it sounds like a place inhabited by Muslims.
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