Unfavorable opinions of Kanye West have risen in recent months

Linley SandersData Journalist
December 09, 2022, 4:26 PM GMT+0

Favorable views of American rapper and 2024 presidential candidate Ye — who is also known as Kanye West — have declined after he made a series of antisemitic statements on social media and InfoWars.

Two-thirds of Americans (69%) in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll have a very or somewhat unfavorable opinion of Ye, up from 57% in mid-October. The share who view him very or somewhat favorably has fallen from 28% in October to 20% now.

The sharpest decline has come from within the GOP; in October, Republicans were split (45% favorable to 42% unfavorable) on their opinion of Ye. Now, just 26% have a favorable opinion of him and 65% have an unfavorable opinion. Views among Democrats have changed little; 71% viewed Ye unfavorably in October, whereas 75% do now.

— Carl Bialik and Taylor Orth contributed to this article

See the toplines and crosstabs from the Economist/YouGov poll conducted on December 3 - 6, 2022 among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens.

Methodology: Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to June 1, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (34% Democratic, 31% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample is approximately 3%.

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