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Real polling firm asks real voters if Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer

Weird Twitter's best election meme has gone mainstream.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 25, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 4:16 am CDT

If you weren’t already aware, a sizable demographic of Twitter sleuths and conspiracy theorists believe that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz may be the Zodiac Killer, the infamous madman who terrorized northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s but was never caught.

Cruz himself has yet to deny these allegations, which is perhaps what gave Public Policy Polling—one of the most respected polling firms in the country, even if it does lean somewhat Democratic—the opening to ask voters where they stood on the matter. 

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Naturally, the Zodiac hunters were thrilled.

So, how did the question play? Glad you asked.

We’re still awaiting final results, although we can say one thing for sure: Public Policy Polling has now been buried under requests for more trolling questions.

Meanwhile, the Zodiac mystery remains unsolved… or does it?

Update 10:01pm CT, Feb. 25: Welp, the results are in, and they don’t look good for the Zodiac—er, Ted Cruz. Unjustly buried in the bottom of a brand-new PPP report is this bombshell:

Finally we find that 38 percent of Florida voters think it’s possible that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. 10 percent say he for sure is, and another 28 percent say that they are just not sure. Cruz is exonerated from being a toddler serial killer by 62 percent of the Sunshine State populace.

We eagerly await the first attempt at a citizen’s arrest.H/T Death & Taxes | Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 25, 2016, 2:44 pm CST