Musical differences: Dems prefer Beatles, GOP country

Democrats like Maya Angelou and the Beatles, while Republicans are more partial to George Strait and “Heaven Is for Real.”

Metallica and Taylor Swift are equally popular on both sides of the aisle, however, according to a Facebook analysis of people’s political allegiances and their other favorites.


One week before the midterm elections, the social media giant looked at everyone who liked the campaign page of any Democrat or Republican running for Congress or governor, and compared that to their other cultural preferences.

The analysis looks at major musicians, authors, books, TV shows and destinations to chart a cultural divide between the right and left sides of the political aisle.

The analysis found that “The Great Gatsby” and “The Hobbit” tend to be the literary choices of Democrats, while people leaning Republican enjoy reading “Atlas Shrugged.” “The Old Farmers Almanac” and “Catching Fire” — the second book in the “Hunger Games” series — fall right in the middle.

When it comes to TV shows, people on the left prefer liberal-leaning commentary from “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” while Republicans like “Duck Dynasty,” the reality show that became a political touchstone earlier this year, when one of the stars made controversial remarks about gay people. Most popular broadcast shows were equally loved by fans on both sides. 

In terms of vacation destinations, Democrats prefer the Empire State Building, while Republicans would rather decamp to Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion or Mount Vernon, the plantation home of the nation's first president.