He first conquered the online world with his trend-setting, game-changing and influence-making Facebook, but could Mark Zuckerberg be setting his sights next on reaching the White House as the succeeding U.S. President? Speculations about the Facebook CEO’s political plans started when he set out a “personal goal” of visiting 50 states in the U.S. this year.
With talks of Zuckerberg’s presidential ambitions, a Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling came out with a survey pitting the 33-year-old tech titan against President Donald Trump who is set for reelection in 2020. The results of the hypothetical match-up shows it’s pretty even at this point.
About 40 percent of registered voters said they would vote for Zuckerberg, while another 40 percent said Trump has their vote. About 20 percent of respondents said they are not sure whom to vote for in the make-believe head-to-head encounter between Trump and Zuckerberg.
The poll surveyed 836 registered voters from July 14-17. The poll bears a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
The results also show voters have mixed feelings about the Facebook founder. About 24 percent said they have a favorable opinion of Zuckerberg, lower than the 29 percent who said they had an unfavorable opinion about him. About 47 percent said they are uncertain about Zuckerberg.
It might be of interest to many, however, that the poll was spearheaded by a Democratic polling firm. And there’s also the factor of surveys being discredited in last year’s election as most mainstream,major polls predicted a Hillary Clinton dominant win over Donald Trump. Of course, it did not happen as Trump secured an upset victory against Hillary.
Talks of Zuckerberg’s potential presidential ambitions were further fueled by his “personal goal “of visiting 50 states in America this year alone. Earlier, he said he needed to travel to about 30 states to complete his self-imposed challenge.
While he did not exactly clarify or specify his reason behind the personal goal, Zuckerberg has been sharing lessons he gained from the trips on his platform, Facebook. His latest stop was in Browning, Montana where he visited the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Trump has already expressed his plans for a 2020 reelection bid. He has a working slogan for his second term run: “Keep America Great!”. He has earlier asked his lawyer to have the slogan trademarked for his next presidential campaign. Trump also took the credit for his 2016 mantra-winning “Make America Great Again “ or #MAGA.