Why is a presidential candidate with a vulgar name polling so high?

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The poll made headlines around the world for finding that 9 percent of North Carolina voters were putting their support behind a candidate named "Deez Nuts."

A poll made headlines around the world for finding that 9 percent of North Carolina voters were putting their support behind a candidate named "Deez Nuts." The result left many of us thinking, "is this for real?"

The answer: Yes.



A spokesperson for the Federal Election Commission told ABC News Wednesday night that the person who filled out the legal form to run for president had met the requirements to be listed as running, but the person's real name was not included. Upon further investigation, ABC News learned the culprit is actually a 15-year-old named Brady Olson from Wallingford, Iowa; a small farm town of only 197 people.

"(Brady) said something about filing something for the presidency. When your 15-year-old tells you that, you kind of laugh it off," Olsen's dad, Mark, told ABC News. "We're so far out of our realm of what we do with this whole thing. I was just surprised that he was able to do what he did."

It doesn't take much to run for commander in chief, all you have to do is fill out a form with the FEC called a "Form 2" and raise $5,000. Of course there's also the Constitutional requirement of being 35 years old, a requirement Olson a.k.a. "Deez Nuts" does not pass. He also hasn't raised a cent, much like the 600 other candidates running for president.

"It wouldn't surprise me. He's frustrated that he can't run for anything yet," his dad tells ABC News. "The last election he was up all night following the results and the polls. He's actually quite knowledgeable about politics for a 15 year old."

Regardless, political scientists say the bizarre name proves voters are looking for something different this year.

A Public Policy Polling poll released August 19, 2015 shows independent presidential candidate "Deez Nuts" polling at 9 percent in North Carolina.


"I think this guy getting 9 percent despite having a funny name and apparently being 15 years old really shows how many voters are looking for a third alternative this year," says Tom Jensen, director of liberal Public Policy Polling, the company behind the now infamous poll.

"They're unhappy with the Democrats, they're unhappy with the Republicans." Jensen continued. "If this guy can get 9 percent, it makes you wonder how much a serious independent candidate could get. Perhaps a repeat of '92 where Ross Perot was a real factor in the presidential race."

The unlikely presidential hopeful has gathered the attention of some celebrity backers, like George Takei, Anson Mount and Torrey Smith. Even National Geographic has an opinion.


"I think beyond just the 'ha ha ha' part of the poll, it's funny that someone with this funny, obscene name, polls so well," said Jensen.

"If you want to turn it into something serious, the serious message is, people are not happy with the two choices that the parties are heading towards. They want a third choice and there's a void out there for somebody a little more serious to fill."

ABC News and WTVD ABC 11 contributed to this report.
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