A New York Times study shows that Americans may listen to an artist’s music but not their political views.
The New York Times’ “Upshot” blog put together a data set examining the popularity of 50 musical artists in counties across the United States. Most intriguing among the data is that some of Hillary Clinton’s highest profile endorsers seem to be most popular deep inside Donald Trump country.
Here are four musicians who personally lean blue but find their musical base in red territory.
Beyoncé: Hillary Clinton enjoyed the support of this pop star, but that didn’t help the Democratic candidate win in areas where Beyoncé, a Houston native, is most popular. Beyoncé’s base of support lies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina – all states that went for Trump.
Katy Perry: While popular in some Clinton enclaves like the west coast and the northeast, the Clinton-supporting pop singer also seems to be most popular across conservative midwestern states like Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. Perry performed at a Clinton rally in Iowa in October 2015.
Panic! at the Disco: The alternative rock ban tweeted a video of the Democratic presidential candidate in October 2016 with the hashtag #ImWithHer. But the band’s base of support comes from conservative states like Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Missouri, Indiana, and other rust belt states that swung toward Trump in 2016.
Lady Gaga: One of the most popular pop musicians of the last decade supported Clinton, but that didn’t deliver Lady Gaga’s base of support in Alaska, Texas, Montana, or rural Pennsylvania. Perhaps the pop star helped Clinton win the state of New Hampshire, as the Democratic candidate won by around 3,000 votes and Lady Gaga enjoys high popularity in some segments of the state.
If the 2016 election had been a contest of celebrity endorsements, Clinton would have swamped Trump, but as the data and results show, celebrities’ opinions don’t count as much as some might think.
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