Is Santa Claus a Republican or a Democrat?

Not only does Santa have political affiliations, according to a new poll, but he has to worry about the fiscal cliff like everyone else.

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Pole residents can't vote in U.S. elections — and neither can mythical beings. But if they could, Americans believe Santa Claus would pull the lever for the Democratic Party.

A new Public Policy Polling survey found that 44 percent of respondents think Santa is a Democrat, while 28 percent believe he's a Republican.

Santa is nonpartisan when it comes to leaving Christmas gifts. Of the 500 people polled, 63 percent of respondents said Mitt Romney would get presents from Santa instead of a lump of coal, while President Barack Obama just barely made it onto the "nice" list by a margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.

People also believe St. Nick isn't immune to the looming fiscal cliff. Fifty-four percent of respondents said the combination of tax increases and massive government spending cuts would force Santa to cut back on benefits at his North Pole workshop.

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