Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet (GOOG) Beat Hillary And Trump In Popularity


It turns out if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) were running for President in this election, they would beat all the leading candidates from both sides of the political divide. A recent survey shows that Apple and Alphabet are more popular among voters than both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The survey by WSJ/NBC was released this week and reveals how Americans trust certain companies more than their politicians. In the survey, 54% of the 12,000 voters polled expressed favorable feelings toward Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Only 14% held negative opinion against the iPhone maker.

As for Alphabet, 67% of the voters surveyed expressed positive or somewhat positive feelings toward the company. Only 4% of the voters held an unfavorable opinion against the company.

What about the politicians?

In contrast, 38% of the polled voters expressed positive opinions toward Clinton and 51% showed negative feelings against her. As for Trump, 25% of the voters held favorable view towards the Republican frontrunner and 64% expressed negative feelings against him.

The other candidates fell in between the two extremes. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich received 33% favorable opinions and 14% negative opinions in the survey. Marco Rubio received 28% favorable opinions offset by 39% negative views. Ted Cruz received 27% positive views against 45% negative opinions. Bernie Sanders received 43% positive views offset by 36% of negative opinions.

With that, it is clear that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet would have done well if they were vying for president’s office.

Things might change for Apple

It is not clear what kind of impact Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s battle with the FBI is having on the company’s public image. Things have escalated in Apple’s dispute with FBI after the results of the survey were released. As such, it is difficult to tell whether voters now love the company more or less than they did as captured in the survey results. The survey showed that 42% of the polled voters wanted Apple to cooperate with the investigators and 47% felt the company didn’t have to cave to FBI demands.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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