Monday, November 19, 2007

Zogby Poll: Liberals enjoy a broad range of music, while conservatives dislike most music genres

This survey speaks generally to conservatives' tendency to be ethnocentric.


MUSIC
THE ZOGBY/LEAR CENTER SURVEY ON POLITICS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Liberals enjoy a broad range of music, while conservatives dislike most music genres.

-- Out of 15 musical genres, conservatives were more likely than the rest of the respondents to listen to only two of them: country and gospel.
-- Conservatives are the least likely group to listen to jazz (34% vs. 44% vs. 53%) and reggae (8% vs. 20% vs. 26%).
-- Over 90% of conservatives said they never enjoy reggae, electronic music or Latin music. Over 95% said they never enjoy world music
-- Liberals, on the other hand, are more likely than other respondents to enjoy almost every music genre, including world, punk, Latin, hip-hop and rap, blues, reggae, electronica, R&B and soul, jazz, folk and traditional music. Rock was the most popular genre among liberals (67%).

Conservatives do like classical music however. Makes sense, an art form primarily of white European men.

I guess this explains why Republicans are always trying to cut funding for the arts. Why fund arts when we can fund war?

Reminds me of that Churchill quote - When fighting the Nazis during WWII, Winston Churchill was advised to cut arts funding, he answered, "Good God no! What do you think we’re fighting for?"

Appreciation of diversity of arts and culture offers richness to life. Those that boast about disliking various and unfamiliar forms of art show their narrow-mindedness, ethnocentrism, cultural ignorance and intolerance. I think it is important to be curious about unfamiliar cultures and to make an effort to learn about things and people different from ourselves. It fosters a global perspective which is good for the world community.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

William:

I think it could be even simpler. Liberals enjoy life; KKKonservatives try to keep others from doing so.

BTW, I read on an MCB thread the other day that old 1/2 of 18 is both liberal and conservative. Odd, I always thought of him as being a witless reactionary.

democommie

Southern Beale said...

Apparently Pat Boone is popular with conservatives.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Southern B.:

I did hear the other day that he was concerned about liebrals turning the South into the same godless dead zone as they have California. This from a guy who shamelessly stole Little Richard's music and who also did a "Rock" album complete with leather and Harley (sorta like Barry Manilow, just not as butch).

democommie