While politically-active screen stars and musical legends crawl all over the Centennial State scavenging for votes, a hefty proportion of the American public would rather they slink back to the Hollywood Hills and stay there.
A new Rasmussen poll finds 40 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for a candidate based on an entertainer’s endorsement.
Don’t tell Kevin Costner and Jon Voigt who have most recently been traipsing around the state for presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain, respectively.
The poll also reports:
Thirty-six percent (36%) of men and 30% of women say they have refused to watch a movie because of an actor’s political views.
A majority of Republicans (52%) say the same, compared to just 18% of Democrats and 31% of unaffiliated voters. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Democrats say they have not done that, along with 44% of GOP voters and 63% of unaffiliateds.
Forty-six percent (46%) say Hollywood makes movies in an election year to influence how people vote, but 27% disagree. Nearly as many (26%) are undecided.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Republican voters believe Hollywood does plan movie releases for an election year, as do 50% of unaffiliated voters. Just 26% of Democrats think that, however. In fact, a plurality of Democrats (44%) say it is not true, while only 13% of Republicans and 23% of unaffiliated voters agree.