Donald Trump can add another poll he tops to his stack: Americans say that, of all the presidential candidates, he would be the most likely to say something inappropriate during Thanksgiving dinner and ruin the meal. And, just like in New Hampshire, the real estate mogul leads his closest competitor by double digits.
Hillary Clinton comes in second place in the poll that posed a question roughly the equivalent of asking which of the candidates seems most like the respondent’s racist or black sheep aunt or uncle they see maybe once or twice a year. Clinton rang in at 22 percent, compared to Trump’s 46 percent. The poll was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, and nearly a quarter of Americans also said they’d like Clinton to show up to their meal. Just 17 percent said the same about Trump.
The organization also asked about the annual turkey pardon conducted by the president. Just 11 percent of Republicans said that they approved of the pardon last year, compared to 59 percent of Democrats who approved. PPP said that those approval levels are indicative of “reflexive opposition to President Obama’s agenda.”
That Trump came in first place in that poll may not come as a surprise, considering the Republican front-runner is well known for his controversial remarks on the campaign trail. He recently called a protester at one of his events “seriously obese,” and before that, he said he wanted to create a database of American Muslims and that waterboarding was an acceptable tactic for the American military.
Either way, Trump’s appeal among Republican voters is strong. While he peaked in late September at 30.5 percent of the vote, he was still in first place with 27.5 points, according to an average of polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. His closest competitor, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, has fallen in the polls recently to 19.8 percent and appears less and less competitive against the real estate mogul by the day.