Zoltán Szücs | Contributor
The current polarizing climate of U.S. politics surely could not keep the world of American entertainers away from political commentary.
A Morning Consult poll revealed some interesting information about Republicans and Democrats favorite entertainers. Morning Consult used a sample of 6,609 U.S. adults to find out more about the popularity of top American entertainers among the two parties.
Three actors lead the overall ranking of popular figures. Favored by a margin of 82 percent was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, followed by Will Smith at 77 percent and Jackie Chan at 76 percent. As a common feature, all the three of them are racial minorities who abstained from getting involved in politics.
Actor Dwayne Johnson prepares to pose for photographers as he arrives for the UK premiere of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, central London, Britain December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
The biggest differences come into play when the favorability of vocal black celebrities, conservative pundits or LGBT advocates is observed.
With a spread of 66 points between favorability among Republicans and Democrats, Beyoncé grabbed the trophy of the most politically polarizing entertainer. While the “Lemonade” hitmaker acquired a net +63 favorability among Democrats, she seems to be rather rejected by Republicans with a -3 net favorability.
It comes as little surprise considering her participation in the Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign when she performed during one of her rallies. This is also true about Jay-Z, who ended up as the sixth-most divisive celebrity with a spread of 48 net favorability scores.
Beyonce and Jay-Z perform at a campaign concert for U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Following Beyoncé on the top-25 divisive list are two entertainers who were preferred by Republicans: conservative hosts Sean Hannity with a spread of +65 net scores and Rush Limbaugh with +61 net scores. These differences are largely caused by the heavy rejection of Hannity and Limbaugh by Democrats (net -37 and net -44 favorability scores), while enthusiasm toward them is less extreme by Republicans (net +28 and net +17, respectively).
With a spread of +56 net scores, Hannity and Limbaugh are followed by Ellen DeGeneres. While DeGeneres has a positive view among members of the GOP (net +19), her high favorability among Democrats (net +75) caused a notable difference and made her the fourth most divisive celebrity.
DeGeneres is one of the prominent figures of the LGBT community, together with Lady Gaga, who was also granted a place among the top-10 divisive celebrities with a spread of net 43 scores.
On the complete Forbes 100 list examined, only ten figures were more favored by Republicans than Democrats, including country singers Garth Brooks, (net +69), followed by Luke Bryan (net +61) and Kenny Chesney arriving fourth (net +56). The third most popular choice was comedian Steve Harvey (net +58).
Garth Brooks accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
Republicans gave the 100 names a favorability of net +24 on average, which number would be net +38 among Democrats. This may be explained by the more liberal perception of Hollywood compared to the country as a whole.