Influential political polling firm Public Policy Polling has some new numbers out just in time for Christmas — and while they don't say a whole lot about Ted Cruz's gains on Donald Trump, PPP does offer some insight into the annual debate over if Die Hard can be considered a Christmas movie (62 percent say no).
The survey also tested the waters on fruitcake (only 38 percent of Americans "think fruitcake is good," with seniors and Republicans having a higher opinion of it than Dems and young voters) and checked if voters believe the Grinch's "rehabilitation at the end of the book/movie/TV special" is legitimate (only 13 percent of voters think so). PPP also points out that the Grinch's favorability rating is 18 percent, with 60 percent of voters seeing him "in a negative light."
"That gives [the Grinch] very similar poll numbers to Sen. Mitch McConnell, who we found yesterday [has] a 15/62 approval rating," PPP helpfully adds for context.
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When it comes to the important question of Santa's party affiliation, fewer voters than ever firmly believe he's a Democrat or a Republican. Only 28 percent think Father Christmas is a Democrat, and only 22 think he's a Republican; the rest aren't sure.
And finally, to the surprise of no one, Rudolph is everyone's favorite reindeer, leading with 46 percent of voters' support. Dasher follows with 9 percent, Prancer with 6, and the rest of the reindeer trail at 5 percent or below.
The PPP survey was conducted between Dec. 16 and 17, with 1,267 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.
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