FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       December 23, 2015

 44 Percent Of Democrats Support Taking Refugees From A Fictional Country

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Lauren Luxenburg

Washington, DC – Public Policy Polling, which is known for adding questions in surveys to exploit Republicans who are less informed, recently found that 30% of Republican voters would support bombing Agrabah, a fictional country in the Disney film Aladdin. On December 20, 2015, WPA Research fielded a national survey of 1,132 registered voters that found 44% of Democrats would support taking refugees from that same Agrabah. PPP may have proven that some Republicans will support bombing a fictional country, but fully 44% of Democrats will allow refugees from anywhere into the country, whether they are potential ISIS supporters from Syria or potential cartoon characters on a magic carpet ride.

Would you support or oppose allowing refugees from Agrabah to be re-settled in the United States?

Support 44%
Indifferent 28%
Oppose 27%

Young Democrats

  • Additionally, Democrats ages 18-34, a key constituency of President Obama, are especially eager to take in imaginary refugees.
    • Nearly two-thirds of these voters support accepting refugees from Agrabah.
    • This is particularly suprising given this generation grew up watching Disney films such as Aladdin. 
  Democrats ages 18-34
Support 66%
Indifferent 12%
Oppose 22%



WPA Research conducted a national survey of Registered Voters. WPA Research selected a random sample of registered voters from various state voter files using Registration Based Sampling (RBS). The sample for this survey was weighted based on gender, age, ethnicity, and geography.

Respondents were contacted by phone via Interactive Voice Response (IVR) December 20th 2015. The study has a sample size of 1,132 Registered Voters with a margin of error of ±2.9% in 95 out of 100 cases.  The Democratic subsample has a sample size of 384 voters which has a margin of error of ±5.0% in 95 out of 100 cases.


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Since 1998, WPA Research has been a leading provider of political polling for campaigns from President to Governor and U.S. Senate to Mayor and City Council in all 50 states and several foreign countries.  In the 2013-2014 election cycle, 83% of WPA clients won, compared to 62% of GOP candidates in those same states.  WPA clients’ win ratio has exceeded the standard by double digits for four straight political cycles.

WPA Research has been nationally recognized for providing cutting edge research to help our clients win.  The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) awarded a “Pollie” to WPA Research for our Predictive Analytics and Adaptive Sampling techniques.  The award highlighted these advanced methodologies which allowed us to buck national GOP polling trends and deliver industry-leading results.

In addition to our political and policy research, WPA Research has conducted market research for more than 110 fortune 500 corporations, donor research for more than 200 of the largest and most successful not-for-profit organizations around the country, and alumni research for dozens of colleges and universities.




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