of PPP’s music-centric poll finds a partisan divide in the favorability ratings
of many of the biggest music stars of the past several decades. Voters
overall have extremely favorable reviews
of Elvis Presley (73-14), The Beatles (76-15), The Rolling Stones (61-26) and
the Beach Boys (74-16). They’re split on
Michael Jackson who holds a 48-44 favorability rating. Kurt Cobain is viewed
favorably by just 25% while 44% say they have an unfavorable opinion of the
late grunge icon. And a majority of voters view Madonna unfavorably (36-51).
When asked who is their favorite Beatle, 41% of voters choose Paul McCartney,
29% say John Lennon, 12% pick Ringo Starr and 11% go for George Harrison. Most voters (30%) chose Lennon and McCartney when asked who they thought was the best songwriting partnership of all time.
There’s a partisan divide for many of these ratings, however. There’s a massive 54-point party divide on Michael Jackson – Democrats have a favorable view of him at 59-30, Republicans are flipped and view him unfavorably by a 34-59 margin. The same with Madonna – Democrats narrowly view her favorably (43-41) while Republicans strongly dislike her (21-68). The party disagreements even extend to Favorite Beatle – Democrats choose John over Paul (39-36) while Republicans strongly prefer Paul over John (49-15) – it seems Republicans still haven’t forgiven Lennon for his strong political activism. Overall, Democrats (84-10) like The Beatles more than Republicans (66-24).
asked what they thought was the best decade for music, Republicans chose the
1950s as their favorite decade and Democrats the 1960s. Overall, fully 75% of
voters said the best decade of music was either the 50s, 60s or 70s.
Just 14% of voters admit they have illegally downloaded music from the internet, while 86% claim to have not.
We also asked voters which of the following musicians who've passed away would like to have back the most among Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin, John
Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley. Hendrix received the most votes with 21%, with Whitney Houston at 17% followed by Elvis with 16%, John Lennon at 14%, Michael Jackson at 11%, Freddie Mercury at 8%, and Cobain, Joplin and Morrison in single digits. Here too though there was another party divide - Democrats most often chose Whitney Houston (25%) while Republicans want Elvis (30%). Most young voters (27%) picked Cobain.
Full results here