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