Amazon is more popular than Facebook, Twitter, and many US government institutions. A new survey from The Harris Poll and the Harvard Center for American Political Studies shows Amazon’s extreme popularity.
As politicians continue to badmouth the online retail giant and propose new laws to break it in the name of populism, the poll throws another blow at the idea that this is more than a politics-driven crusade.
The new poll, conducted June 15-17 of 2,0006 registered US voters, found that Amazon has a higher favorability rating than all but one of the 18 institutions pollsters asked about.
About 72 percent of those surveyed viewed Amazon favorably. This placed it second only to the US military, which was viewed favorably by 78 percent of those surveyed, and slightly above the police, which scored a 68 percent favor rating.
Amazon also got a more favorable poll than the FBI (60 percent favorability), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (58 percent), the Supreme Court (57 percent), Facebook (51 percent), the Justice Department (49 percent), Israel (47 percent), NATO (46 percent), Black Lives Matter (45 percent), the European Union (41 percent) and Twitter (37 percent).
At the bottom of the favorability rankings were Russia (21 percent favorability), antifa (20 percent), the Palestinian Authority (19 percent), China (18 percent) and Hamas (16 percent).
The poll also looked at the public perception of current American political leaders, finding favorable net ratings from President Joe Biden and mixed reviews from Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden’s favorability rating stood at 54 percent, with 39 percent unfavorable.
Harris scored 43 percent favorable and 43 percent unfavorable.
That makes Biden more popular, and Harris less popular, than former President Donald Trump (46 percent favorability) and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (45 percent favorability).
None of the other political figures asked about in the survey scored more than 40 percent favorably. They were approached by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (38 percent), the Republican governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis (36 percent), Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (35 percent), Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer (34 percent), former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (33 percent) , South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott (33 percent) percent), and New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (31 percent).
At the low end of politicians’ favorability ratings were former Attorney General William Barr (29 percent), West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (28 percent), Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley (22 percent). percent), Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema (22 percent), Russian leader Vladimir Putin (21 percent), Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (21 percent), Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (20 percent). cent), current Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (18 percent) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (16 percent).
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