If You Like Sean Penn Films, You're Probably a Democrat

If you're more partial to Mel Gibson films, you might be a Republican

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Guvner

Posted Oct 7, 2011 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Not only are lefties and righties split on their politics and what kind of food they like—they're split on their entertainment choices as well. A recent poll for the Hollywood Reporter finds that a whopping 45% of Tea Partiers consider a celebrity's politics before paying to watch his or her movies, compared to 35% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats. Among the differences between the parties:

  • Democrats are more likely to go to the theater: On average, they have seen 5.7 movies in a theater in the past six months, compared to less than four for Republicans.
  • Democrats don't like Charlton Heston: Many have avoided films starring the National Rifle Association president. They're also not a fan of Mel Gibson: 36% have avoided his films. As for Republicans, about 40% try to avoid Sean Penn and a whopping 60% reject Michael Moore.

  • Everybody loves Clint Eastwood: Unlike Jon Voight and Matt Damon, who draw conservatives and liberals, respectively, because of their political activism, stars like Eastwood, John Wayne, and Bob Hope are universally admired.
  • Republicans like family films; Democrats like edgy ones: GOPers named Secretariat as a recent fave, and Sound of Music as a long-time one. Dems named Bad Teacher and Silence of the Lambs.
  • Things they agree on: Comedy is the favorite genre of both parties, popcorn the favorite movie-watching snack, and Indiana Jones the favorite action hero.
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U.S. actor-activist Sean Penn talks to reporters outside his hotel during his visit to Tripoli, Libya Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al Fergany)
Matt Damon tends to draw more Democratic filmgoers.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
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