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The Muntab Question Strikes Back

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 …..

As you know, I think the Agrabah bombing question was misleading and unhelpful to public political discourse. It’s only slightly interesting that a Republican polling firm wants to play the same trick. 

The `bombing Agrabah’ question made a good story because on both moral and international-law grounds you shouldn’t bomb other countries unless you have a very good reason. You need to trick people into saying they want to bomb somewhere they haven’t heard of. 

So, what can you trick lefties into saying about Agrabah? Something about taxes or gay marriage or abortion? Well, no.

Article 3 of the  UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees says

The Contracting States shall apply the provisions of this Convention to refugees without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin.

And, according to Wilson Perkins Allen Research the scandalous opinion you can  trick 44% of Democratic-leaning into stating: they would support accepting refugees from somewhere they’ve never heard of. 

I think someone’s got that backwards.