Good news for Hillary Clinton: Adele's fans lean left

Paul HiebertData Journalist
October 28, 2016, 6:51 PM GMT+0

People who like the UK singer are more likely to favor abortion rights and campaign finance reform than America as a whole

Earlier this week, during a concert in Miami, Adele threw her full support behind Hillary Clinton's bid for President. "I am English, but what happens in America affects me, too," the Grammy Award-winning artist told her audience, which included the Democratic nominee herself. "I am 100% for Hillary Clinton."

The endorsement is bound to please many Adele fans, but it won't be welcomed by all. New data from YouGov Profiles shows that while 40% of people who report liking the UK singer-songwriter are Democrat, 19% identify as Republican and 31% remain independent. Adele fans are also most likely to be females aged 50-64 who live in a suburb.

When it comes to specific issues, Adele supporters tend to take stances that are to the left of the American public as a whole. 76%, for example, say donations to politicians and political parties require more regulation and transparency, compared to 69% of the nation. 61% are pro-choice, while the same is true for just 54% of the general population.

Adele fans as a group are also more likely to favor wealth redistribution, believe climate change is caused by humans, and want the government to ensure that every US citizen has health insurance.

There is, however, a potential downside to Adele's public backing of Clinton. Additional data shows that while only 13% of Americans report that celebrity endorsements have an effect on their purchasing decisions, that number is a mere 8% among Adele's fans.