Poll: 13 Percent Pick Giant Meteor Strike Over Trump or Clinton
A new poll finds that 13 percent of voters would rather see a cataclysmic end to life on Earth than vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
The Public Policy Polling survey posed the question: "If the choices for president were Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, and a giant meteor hitting the earth, which would you choose?"
Forty-three percent chose Hillary, 38 percent picked The Donald, and 13 percent went for the meteor. Seven percent were not sure, giving the meteor a giant chance to win over the undecideds.
Of those who picked the meteor, just 7 percent had a favorable view of Clinton and 3 percent had a favorable view of Trump.
Eleven percent of meteor voters picked Barack Obama in 2012, while 12 percent voted for Mitt Romney. Giant meteor scored best among moderates. Fifteen percent of men and 10 percent of women picked the apocalyptic event.
"It's a simple reality that both of this year's Presidential candidates are unpopular. Clinton's favorability is 39/54, and Trump is even worse off at 35/58. This has given rise to the 'Giant Meteor for President' movement, and we find that the Meteor would poll at 13%- far more support than the third party candidates actually on the ballot- with Clinton at 43% and Trump at 38%. The Meteor is particularly appealing to independent voters 27% to 35% for Clinton and 31% for Trump," PPP said in its summary of the results. "Maybe that's who the Libertarians should have nominated."
A Twitter campaign for the meteor to win in 2016 was well underway before PPP included it in the poll.
Elsewhere in the PPP poll, Clinton had a 39 percent favorable rating with 54 percent holding a negative view of the former secretary of State, while Trump had 35 percent favorability and 58 percent unfavorables.
Clinton led Trump by 4 points whether or not Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein were included.
Fifty-two percent favored four more years of President Obama to a President Trump, with 43 percent picking Trump over Obama.
Asked if they would rather the GOP nominee be someone else, 67 percent of Republicans in the survey said they were OK with Trump while 24 percent want someone else.
The poll also gauged support for a Texit: "Would you support or oppose Texas leaving the United States to become its own country?"
Twenty-four percent supported the Texit, while 63 percent opposed and 12 percent were not sure.
PPP said the polling "continues to find the presidential race shaping up pretty similarly to how the 2012 contest played out... the race is shaping up pretty much as you would expect along demographic lines. Clinton leads 51/36 with women, 82/13 with Hispanics, 91/5 with African Americans, and 57/28 with young voters. Trump leads 48/37 with men, 51/32 with whites, and 51/36 with seniors. Clinton has a 39/35 advantage with independents."