Nothing unites the American people like a little Taylor Swift. The "Welcome to New York" singer, 24, is one of the few musicians equally beloved by both Democrats and Republicans, according to data from Facebook.
The social networking site scanned pages for musical taste and charted users' preferences based on their political affiliations.
"We looked at everyone who liked the campaign page of any Democrat or Republican running for governor, U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives," Facebook's Winter Mason wrote in a release. "We then looked at what other pages those people liked on Facebook and identified the pages that were most differentiating — that is, the pages which were disproportionately liked by the supporters of one party versus the other — and those that were most balanced."
Smack-dab in the middle of the graph is none other than Ms. Swift. The Grammy winner — whose latest album, the pop-obsessed 1989, is a deliberate shift away from her country roots — falls under the rare category of musicians/bands who are liked "equally often" by Democrats and Republicans.
She is joined in the middle by more classic acts, such as Elvis Presley, AC/DC, Journey, and Metallica.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the red states show a far stronger affection for country acts, with George Strait landing at the highest point for musicians/bands liked most by republicans. Other musicians on the Republican end include Ted Nugent, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, and Carrie Underwood.
For her part, Swift has largely kept quiet about her political views, fitting the chart to a tee as she has given little inclination to which way she leans.
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