Not many people (claim to) like Nickelback, but even fewer apparently like Donald Trump. That is, if a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll is to be believed. Indeed, the Nickelback vs. Donald Trump question was posed by PPP, reports The Wrap, in a poll question titled “Do you have a higher opinion of Donald Trump or…” In addition to being less favorable among those polled than the band Nickelback, which is universally panned (despite somehow having excellent record sales, another apt comparison to Donald Trump’s seemingly innumerable supporters in the midst of the chaos), Donald Trump is also less favorable than lice and root canals.
Those polled did admit that they’d prefer Donald Trump to cockroaches or hemorrhoids, which should come as a relief to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
The poll’s results were initially reported by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. Maddow rarely has anything positive to say about Donald Trump. Or, to be fair, Nickelback. However, due to the subject matter of the poll in question, she was quick to tell her audience that it was for real. Not a “late April Fool’s joke.”
“To be fair, Mr. Trump only loses by single digits to some of these. I mean, he’s running pretty close to Nickelback. Overall, this is a list of things you do not really want to be losing to.”
So how closely did Donald Trump come to beating out Nickelback in the poll? Like Ms. Maddow said, the numbers were pretty close, but Nickelback beat the GOP front-runner by five points, with the polling result being 39 to 34, respectively.
When it comes to competing with lice, Donald Trump comes out a whole lot worse. Head lice actually beat Donald Trump by 26 percent in the poll. To be fair, they beat Nickelback, too, with a highly respectable 54 percent approval rating.
Here are some of the highlights of the “Do you have a higher opinion of Donald Trump or…” poll.
|Hemorrhoids||Trump, 45/39 (+6)|
|Cockroaches||Trump, 46/42 (+4)|
|Nickelback||Nickelback, 39/34 (-5)|
|Used Car Salesmen||Used Car Salesmen, 47/41 (-6)|
|Traffic Jams||Traffic Jams, 47/40 (-7)|
|Hipsters||Hipsters, 45/38 (-7)|
|DMV||DMV, 50/40 (-10)|
|Root Canals||Root Canals, 49/38 (-11)|
|Jury Duty||Jury Duty, 57/35 (-22)|
|Lice||Lice, 54/28 (-26)|
When announcing Donald Trump’s trouncing by Nickelback, root canals and the ever-popular head lice, Rachel Maddow did feel the need to give The Donald credit where credit was due, effectively congratulating the billionaire for his big “W” against hemorrhoids and cockroaches.
“It’s narrow, but a win is a win. Donald Trump is held in higher esteem than hemorrhoids by a margin of six points and he’s held in higher esteem than cockroaches by a margin of four points.”
Maddow went on to explain to viewers that in the eyes of female pollsters, Donald Trump was actually viewed less favorably than cockroaches.
The Donald Trump vs. Nickelback poll was a really interesting look into the mindset of the average Donald Trump voters, too. The same poll that ranked Donald Trump just above Nickelback and just below cockroaches also asked Trump supporters to delve deeper into their belief systems in general.
The “Do you have a higher opinion of Donald Trump or…” poll asked poll-takers with favorable views of Trump to weigh in on Donald Trump’s conspiracy theory beliefs, in the wake of recent media coverage of Trump’s belief in many such ideologies.
Among Donald Trump supporters responding to the poll, 54 percent believe that President Obama is a Muslim, while only 13 percent believe him to be a Christian. Fifty-nine percent of Trump supporters think that Obama was born outside of the United States. Twenty-seven percent believe that vaccines are the cause of autism while another 29 percent aren’t sure. Twenty-four percent of Trump supporters think Justice Scalia was murdered, while 34 percent aren’t sure. A whopping seven percent believe that Ted Cruz’s father had some kind of involvement with the JFK assassination.
To Ted Cruz’s credit, only five percent believe that he is the Zodiac Killer. So even though Senator Cruz bowed (rather ungracefully) out of the presidential race, most people don’t believe he’s a serial killer. That’s something, I guess.
At the end of the day, less popular than Nickelback or not, it’s looking more and more like Donald Trump is going to be representing the Republican ticket during the 2016 U.S. presidential general election. His overwhelming unpopularity, however, could be why we’re seeing more and more buzz about a potential conservative third-party candidate. There’s little chance that Nickelback will be competing with Donald Trump for the White House, though; the band’s Canadian, and Trump has threatened legal action against people from Canada who try to move in on the White House.
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