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Poll: Republican support for Kanye West grew after rapper expressed support for Trump

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The amount of Republicans with a favorable view of rapper Kanye West increased by 23 percentage points from 2015 to late April 2018, according to a poll from HuffPost and YouGov.

The results follow recent camaraderie between the rapper and President Trump, including West’s new song with rapper T.I. entitled “Ye vs. the People,” that was written in support of Trump.


In 2015, 11 percent of Republicans said they had a favorable view of West, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll. Nearly three-quarters said they had an unfavorable view of the rapper.

However, a poll conducted just days after West praised Trump on Twitter last month found that 34 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of West while the percentage of Republicans who had unfavorable views of West dropped to 43 percent.

The number of Democrats with a favorable view of West dropped from 17 percent in 2015 to 13 percent in 2018.

But Twitter isn’t the only driver behind West’s shift in popularity. Just under half of those polled in the 2018 survey said they were aware that West had tweeted in support of the president.

Republicans who had heard about West’s tweets held an 18-point net favorable view of the rapper while Republicans who hadn’t heard about his tweets reported a 43-point net unfavorable view of West.

Overall, West is still viewed unfavorably by most Americans with an opinion on the rapper.  

The 2018 Huff Post/YouGov poll was conducted from April 27-29 and polled 1,000 U.S. adults. It was carried out through web-based interviews and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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