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Voters are turning to table tennis to decide the next president

Will who voters want to battle against in a table tennis game determine the 2016 race?
Secretary Hillary Clinton greets voters at a house party in Windham, N.H. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty).
Secretary Hillary Clinton greets voters at a house party in Windham, N.H. on Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015. 

Voters are ready to find their next president… in a table tennis game?

In honor of National Table Tennis Day,  Harris Poll on behalf of STIGA, a world leader in table tennis for over 60 years, conducted a survey of who Americans would want to play against in a game of table tennis. Thirty two percent of Americans chose Hillary Clinton to battle against on the court. But, if they can’t play her, almost a quarter want to play the outspoken Republican Candidate Donald Trump.

And that’s not the only poll these two are leading. According to a recent survey from Monmouth University, the former Secretary of State still has a firm grasp on the Democratic nomination with 51% choosing her over the 17% who want to see Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist from Vermont, take the nomination. Donald Trump’s popularity has surged among Republicans as he now leads a crowded GOP primary field with 18% of the vote according to a recent  Fox News Poll. Governor Scott Walker, who became the 15th Republican to announce his candidacy for President earlier this week, also saw a bump in the poll coming in second behind Trump with 15% of the vote while Former Governor Jeb Bush is third with 14% of the vote.

The survey didn’t only focus on politics, it also looked at what celebrity American would want to play tennis against. Not to anyone’s surprise, 29% would want to play against Late Night host Jimmy Fallen with Taylor Swift coming in a close second at 24%..

"Table Tennis has always been a pop culture staple, so it’s fitting we commissioned this survey to determine what presidential candidate and celebrity people would most want to play against,” David Vogrin, Director of Marketing, STIGA said in a press release. “While it’s clear that Jimmy Fallon is the celebrity favorite among the masses, the survey results might also be an early indicator of the candidate that might win the party nominations and quite possibly be elected as the next President of the United States.”