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Americans Don't Like Hipsters
Only 10% think they are one: poll
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 4:27 PM CDT
Updated May 18, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Some groundbreaking research in the study of American society this week: New polling by Public Policy Polling has found just 16% of Americans have a favorable opinion of hipsters, while 42% view them unfavorably. The study does not define what, exactly, it considers a hipster to be. Other revelations:

  • Only 9% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of hipsters. At 18%, Democrats are twice as likely to view the ambiguous subculture favorably.
  • Half of voters aged 18 to 29 self-identify as hipsters, but only 10% of voters overall were willing to adopt the label.
  • 46% believe that hipsters "soullessly appropriate cultural tropes from the past for their own ironic amusement." However, 23% think they make a positive contribution to society.

  • Over a quarter would support a special tax on hipsters for being annoying.
  • 21% of voters think that PBR (which PPP identifies as the hipster beer of choice. Maybe in 2003, guys) is a good beer.
Click to read the full polling results.

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Seelow
May 19, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
The worse bacteria of all, liberalism. It needs to be eradicated from the face of the earth!
Truther
May 18, 2013 6:18 PM CDT
Americans love labeling people like so many strains of bacteria. Just one more example of our national shallowness.
Chatsworth
May 18, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
How does one define a "hipster'? Is it a neo-Elvis Costello-looking computer nerd,is it someone like Brad Pitt,or is it someone like Rob Zombie,or is it a rastafarian street musician? I'm really ambivalent about this ambiguous socialogical label.Is a hipster someone who isn't a yuppie,or is it a dancin' fool club clown or is it a gay sorta meth head?