A new poll intended to make a serious point about the nomination of a Supreme Court justice to fill the seat opened after the death of Antonin Scalia winds up making a hilarious one about Donald Trump and newly retired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Turns out America trusts Manning to pick Scalia's replacement more than Trump — or plenty of other famous folks.
The survey, by Public Policy Polling, determined that most voters would prefer President Barack Obama to nominate a new justice before he leaves office instead of allowing one of the Republican candidates for president do so if they win the office in November.
Here's a synopsis of the main findings:
• Only 33% of voters trust Ted Cruz to nominate the new Supreme Court justice (57% don’t), only 31% trust Donald Trump to (62% don’t), and just 26% trust Marco Rubio to (61% don’t). Independent voters in particular have little faith in the GOP hopefuls to nominate a Supreme Court justice- 61% don’t trust Trump to, and 58% don’t trust either Cruz or Rubio to. One particularly brutal finding for Rubio on this poll is that even among Republicans there are more (45%) who don’t trust him to make that appointment than do (41%) trust him.
• Reflecting what other national polling has found, 56% of voters in the country want the vacant seat on the Supreme Court seat to be filled this year by a nominee of President Obama’s, to only 40% of voters who think the seat should remain vacant for the next year. That includes 53/41 support from independents for filling the seat this year. Voters especially think that the Senate should at least see who President Obama puts forward before making a decision- 66% think Obama’s nominee should be given a chance to only 25% who believe the Senate should just refuse to confirm someone no matter who it is. Even Republican voters, 53/37, think the Senate should be open to Obama’s nominee rather than reflexively dismissive.
• This continues to look like an issue that has the potential to hurt Senate Republicans nationally this year. By a 19 point margin voters say they’re less likely to vote for a Senator who refuses to consider a nominee to the Supreme Court this year, with only 31% saying they’re more likely to vote for someone who takes that stance compared to 50% who say they’re less likely to. Independents would vote against a Senator with that position by a 16 point spread. This issue is just reinforcing the already awful brand of Senate Republicans nationally. Just 10% of voters in the country approve of the job Mitch McConnell is doing, to 59% who disapprove. His unpopularity is a liability for members of his caucus hoping to be reelected this year, and the approach he’s taking on this issue is just making the problem worse.
As a bonus, the polling service sought out a way to illustrate just how little faith there is in Trump on this subject — and its method of doing so was to compare him to a number of famous folks or figures.
Included among them was Manning, who kicked the Donald's ass. We've included the complete poll results below, but here's a graphic showing a head to head match-up, in which Peyton bests Trump by a 45-35 percent margin.
Not every celebrity did as well.
For instance, respondents trusted Trump slightly more than Will Smith....
...and the best Taylor Swift could do was a tie.
In addition, Manning squashed Mickey Mouse (as did Trump).
Still, Manning wasn't invincible. He couldn't quite top Tom Hanks.
Call if a Supreme victory for Hanks, whose film Forrest Gump Manning referenced at his retirement press conference.
Here's the aforementioned results document, followed by a bonus — an Oreo commercial from 2009 in which Trump and Peyton (along with his brother, Eli, and Saturday Night Live Trump imitator Darrell Hammond) appear together.