One-Third Of Americans Somehow Think Michael Jordan Could Beat LeBron James Right Now

Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan, 1995 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals
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Public Policy Polling has released results from a new survey focused on sports. You can check out their full report on it here, but the weirdest takeaway is that 34 percent of those polled believe that Michael Jordan, who is 52-years-old, could beat LeBron James in a game of 1-on-1 right now. Somehow, only 54 percent think LeBron would beat Michael. Today. In 2015. With no time machines involved.

Nobody needs a detailed breakdown of why thinking current MJ could take James is a dumb opinion. One of them was last seen playing merely okay for the Wizards in 2003, and the other just beat the Chicago Bulls damn near by himself in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. I don’t know if LeBron outweighs Jordan right now, but if he doesn’t, I doubt Jordan has the advantage in muscle mass (NOR SHOULD HE. HE’S 52, RETIRED AND RICH AS HELL).

PPP know what they’re doing when it comes to polling, and they surveyed over 1,400 registered voters. That makes the results all the more mystifying. Here are some other notable takeaways from the poll:

  • Only 33 percent of voters are in favor of the MLB instituting the designated hitter in both leagues, with 55 percent against.
  • Phil Mickelson easily beat Tiger Woods in terms of America’s favorite golfer.
  • Of the remaining NBA playoff teams, Republicans favor the Cavaliers (and count LeBron as their favorite player) and Democrats choose the Warriors (and pick Steph Curry as their favorite).

Seriously, though. 34 percent of America needs to get its act together.

(Via Public Policy Polling)