71% of Americans say music has helped them through difficult times

71% of Americans say music has helped them through difficult times

More Democrats than Republicans feel this way

Music has long been hailed for having therapeutic value and it turns out that the vast majority of Americans agree. Overall, 71% said they agreed that music has helped through a difficult time in their lives – only 14% disagreed.

While a majority of all respondents agreed with this statement, age was a divisive factor. At 67%, most young millennials (age 18-24) agreed that music had helped them through hard times, while this portion increased to 72% of respondents aged 55+. However, the largest portion of respondents who agreed with the statement were aged 35-44, of whom 76% said music had helped through difficult times.

Gender and geographic location were not significant factors in affecting response proportions. However, there was a disparity between political affiliations, with 78% of Democrats versus 70% of Republicans saying music had helped through difficult times.