Every few weeks we test the favorability of a few things that have been in the news and this week we start with the four major airlines: United is really unpopular. Considering places: Republicans love Texas and Democrats love California, but the unfavourability it asymmetric. When it comes to the Democratic leadership, they are a unhealthy mix of unknown and un-liked.
United Airlines has had a rough week after throwing (literally) a paying customer out of their plane. And, while no one is sure yet over the long-term costs to the airline (will people really pay more to take American or Delta on the same route?), it is certainly not feeling the love of the American people. Currently, United has a net favorability (favorability minus unfavourability) of -17. Delta is +42, American is +42, Southwest +55. There is no partisan difference.
There are some serious partisan differences in how the people view various places. Despite its troubles, Egypt still has a net favorability of +9. Democrats are +15, but Republicans are +1. Syria has a net favorability of -46, but -35 for Democrats and -59 for Republicans. Despite Trump’s interest in the Egyptian leadership, Democrats are still more favorable to both countries. More interesting, Texas has a net favorability of +74 from the Republicans, but +34 from the Democrats. In comparison, California has a +72 from the Democrats, but only +16 from the Republicans.
The Democratic leadership is not doing well. House Minority Leader Pelosi has a net favorability of -20, with only +12 from Democrats and -56 from Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Schumer is -13 with -4 from Democrats and -22 from Republicans. He is just largely unknown or neutral with both 57 percent of Democrats and Republicans claiming no opinion. Senator Elizabeth Warren is -2 with +19 from Democrats and -24 from Republicans. Finally, George Soros, who is a big financier of the left and favorite target of the right (they accuse him of funding all protests), has a -8 from Democrats and -23 from Republicans. 72 percent of Democrats are neutral or don’t know, but only 59 percent of Republicans.
The PredictWise and Pollfish survey received responses from 1,200 people on April 19 through online and in-app polling methods. We do not report margin of error because we do not believe it can be accurately estimated.
Tobias Konitzer is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University. Find him on Twitter @KonitzerTobias.
Sam Corbett-Davies is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in computer science. Find him on Twitter @SCorbettDavies.
David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. Find him on Twitter @DavMicRot.