“Americans are so over Hipsters” declared a new poll out today from top political firm Public Policy Polling. The firm, which normally conducts research for clients such as the Democratic Governor’s Association and a slew of federal and state elected officials, found that only 16% of Americans have a positive opinion of hipsters, 42% of Americans dislike hipsters and a whopping 43% of Americans just aren’t sure what to make of the trend.
No word yet as to why exactly PPP decided to delve into this “much-discussed subculture,” but considering this is the same firm which successfully predicted the results of this past presidential election, it’s worth taking note of their results. From the report:
We asked voters whether they thought hipsters made a positive cultural contribution to society or whether they just “soullessly appropriate cultural tropes from the past for their own ironic amusement.” 23% of voters said they made positive cultural contributions while nearly half – 46% – went with soulless cultural appropriation. Independents at 31% were most likely to say hipsters make a positive cultural contribution, while Republicans were least likely (15%) with Democrats in the middle (23%).
27% of voters said they thought hipsters should be subjected to a special tax for being so annoying, while 73% did not think so.
About one in five voters (21%) said they thought Pabst Blue Ribbon, commonly associated with hipsters, was a good beer. Democrats (29%) were more likely than Republicans (23%) to think so, while independents (11%) were least likely.
It’s unclear how many of those surveyed simply declared that they were “over it,” though with only 10% of respondents considering themselves to be hipsters it’s likely that accounts for at least some of the poll’s results.
No word yet as to when the firm’s follow-up poll on Lena Dunham and the TV show “Girls” will be made available to the public.