Aladdin or Bin Laden? Americans vote to bomb imaginary Disney city in recent poll

Published December 20th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

Nearly a third of Republican primary voters have thrown their support behind America’s bombing of a fictional city, a new poll indicates.

30 percent of citizens surveyed by Public Policy Polling said the United States should bomb Agrabah, the city from classical animation, Aladdin.

The poll results released on Friday also showed that 57 percent of the 532 Republican respondents were unsure if the city needed to be bombed.

This is while 13 percent said no to the question, “Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?”

The Republican primary voters were polled this week on their support for Republican candidates and foreign policy issues including banning Muslims from entering the US, Japanese internment camps from the second world war and bombing Agrabah.

Public Policy Polling also surveyed Democratic primary voters where only 19 percent of them said they would support bombing Agrabah, while 36 percent said they would oppose it.

The voters were not just worried about Agrabah as 36 percent believe that thousands of Arabs in New Jersey cheered when the World Trade Center in New York collapsed on September 11, 2001.

About 54 percent of those polled support banning Muslims from entering the United States and 46 percent support the creation of a national database of Muslims in the United States.

New Jersey officials and residents have repeatedly denied the claims of the post-9/11 celebrations, which were resurfaced last month by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,” Trump said at a November campaign rally in Alabama.

Trump also stirred controversy by suggesting that America should ban all Muslims from entering the country.

The latest wave of Islamophobia in the US follows the recent deadly terror attacks in the French capital, Paris, and San Bernardino, California.

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