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Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote for Harambe

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FILE - A boy brings flowers to put beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati.

FILE - A boy brings flowers to put beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati.

Americans are not exactly thrilled at the choice between Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with voters having unfavorable views of both in recent opinion polls.

In fact, five percent say they’d rather vote for a dead gorilla, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

The endangered gorilla, named Harambe, was made famous after being shot dead in a Cincinnati zoo in May after he appeared to drag a four-year-old child who had fallen into his habitat.

This undated photo obtained May 30, 2016 courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo shows gorilla Harambe.

This undated photo obtained May 30, 2016 courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo shows gorilla Harambe.

In an election among Trump, Clinton and Harambe, 43 percent of those surveyed said they’d vote for the New York billionaire, while 48 percent said they’d vote for the former secretary of state. Five percent said they’d cast a vote for Harambe. Four percent were undecided.

Harambe also had a much lower unfavorable rating among voters in the poll, with 27 percent of those polled having an unfavorable opinion of the dead gorilla. Five percent said they had a favorable opinion while 69 percent were unsure.

Trump led the pack with unfavorable ratings, racking up a 58 percent negative rating compared to 51 percent for Clinton.

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