The highly regarded polling firm Public Policy Polling doesn’t usually ask survey respondents about pop music but, with the first round of results from their latest poll released May 9, it’s clear they’re onto something. They created politician-style favorability ratings for some of the biggest names in pop music, and the results were, at least in one case, stark: Justin Bieber was the only artist who tested unfavorably across party lines. His numbers were 23 unfavorable to 54 favorable among Democrats, 17-52 among Republicans and 18-56 among independents.
Other artists who tested unfavorably, not accounting for political affiliation, were Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Rihanna. On the other side, Taylor Swift, Adele, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake had high approval ratings. Timberlake also received a winning 34% of votes when respondents were asked who they would vote for for President. (At the same time, 31% of people said, when asked which of his endeavors they prefer, that Timberlake should just focus on playing golf.) Bieber got 8%; fortunately for 92% of Americans, he’s Canadian.
More than half the poll respondents had no idea who Skrillex is or what they should feel about whatever Skrillex is.
A few other intriguing tidbits :
- 75% of Americans have not been to “the club.”
- Snoop Lion should return to being Snoop Dogg, say 56% of people.
- 67% of respondents think Rihanna and Chris Brown should not get back together.
While less than half of those polled had a favorable view of “today’s popular music,” most (77%) had a favorable view of classic music. There’s no word (yet) from Public Policy Polling on whether Yo Yo Ma should run for office.