On the highly divisive topic of the best Hershey’s candy, a Harper Poll released Monday shows a clear plurality for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups pulled in 43% support, beating all opponents by double digits including: York Peppermint Patties (17%), classic Hershey chocolate bars (16%), Kit-Kat bars (12%) and Kisses (12%).
It’s surprising a divisive and controversial ingredient like peanut butter is able to achieve a plurality; but, much like elections in the parliamentary system, a party outside the mainstream can win the most seats if the moderate vote is divided.
The pure chocolate vote between Kisses and standard chocolate bars (28%) is surprisingly anemic. And it’s clear from these results that proponents of peanut butter are united behind their candidate.
As with any poll conducted by a partisan pollster, the results should be taken with a grain of salt. Or a glass of milk.
It’s unclear whether the pollster made a distinction between classic Reese’s cups, long criticized for their overpowering peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio, and Reese’s Pieces or the newer Reese’s Minis.
Harper surveyed 813 likely voters via interactive voice response from July 1-2. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.4%. 45% of respondents identified as Democrats and 42% as Republicans.
It is unknown what effect this will have on Gov. Tom Corbett’s prospects for re-election next year, as well as state legislative races, but there is a clear message for state officials and future candidates alike in Monday’s results: peanut butter polls well in Pa.