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Political Leanings Of Celebrity Fans

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Thu, 27/10/2016 - 18:51
Ted Marzilli
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The celebrity with the biggest percentage of conservative-leaning fans is currently playing instructional league baseball in Port St. Lucie, FL for the New York Mets.

Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow leads notable television and radio figures such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Ann Coulter with the highest percentage of conservative sentiment in the first survey of its kind of living celebrities and the political leanings of their fans by YouGov Profiles.

Ironically, rock band Fleetwood Mac landed in the number 10 spot of celebrity acts with the highest percentage of conservative fans. Fleetwood Mac famously performed its hit song “Don’t Stop” at Democrat Bill Clinton’s 1993 presidential inaugural ball.

There is only one name that both parties share in their respective top 15 lists of fan support: Taylor Swift.

Does conservative media have another potential star right under its nose? Comedian Dennis Miller came in second in their ranking, ahead of other media notables such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, and Ann Coulter. The SNL veteran was last on the air regularly with a nationally-syndicated three-hour daily radio show that ran from 2007 to 2015.

There are other notable trends with the ranking of celebrities by the political affiliations of their fans:

  • The liberal top 15 contains one athlete (Serena Williams) while the conservative one contains five (Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Willie Mays and Michael Jordan).
  • Beyonce, The Beatles, Queen, and The Rolling Stones have the greatest amount of liberal fans while Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and The Beach Boys have the greatest percentages of conservative fans.
  • It’s ironic to find The Eagles on the conservative list, as drummer Don Henley recently took a shot at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the middle of performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

  • YouGov Profiles is an innovative market research tool that both collects and connects over 200,000 data points from more than 200,000 YouGov panel members across the country. Using digital tracking technology and several types of online surveys to capture a variety of opinions, attitudes, and behaviors, YouGov Profiles is nationally representative and updates weekly.

    For each celebrity, panelists are asked to select one of the following three options: Really like, Like, or Don't like.

    The data in this report was sorted by percentage - i.e., by the celebrities with the highest percentage of Democrats (or Republicans) who said they 'liked' a particular actor, music artists, sports personalities or TV personality.

    Because of the volume (10,000+) of celebrities that we track, we organize the celebrity lists into more manageable subgroups (e.g. actors, musicians, TV personalities). Between 18,000 and 21,000 people have gone through each of the subgroups. The sample of panelists who rate each subgroup are demographically similar, allowing us to consolidate the results into a single data set.

Liberal and Conservative Favorite Celebrities
Liberal and Conservative Favorite Celebrities
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